Jesus had compassion on them — they were like sheep without a shepherd
Welcome again to Hearers of the Word. The Gospel double story registers various “lacks”: lack of rest, lack of space, lack of nourishment and lack of calmness (order). As we emerge from the covid restrictions and and enter the summer holidays, perhaps we can name our own “lacks” at this time — and they may well include a need of rest, space, sustenance and tranquillity.
What can I put in place to make sure that the holiday time will be truly refreshing? Time off can also be a tricky time for prayer, because our routine is disrupted. If meditation is to be continued, concrete choices will have to be made about where and when….
Jesus’ role in Mark 6:30-34 is also a guide for us. He identifies the disciples’ needs for them; he has compassion on the crowd, who are like sheep without a shepherd. The short extra Gospel exploration may be of help this week as it centres arounds the various “lacks”.
May the grace of Christ be with us all. Amen.
Kieran J. O’Mahony OSA