The apostles gathered around Jesus, and told him all that they had done and taught. He said to them, “Come away to a deserted place all by yourselves and rest a while.” For many were coming and going, and they had no leisure even to eat. And they went away in the boat to a deserted place by themselves.
Now many saw them going and recognized them, and they hurried there on foot from all the towns and arrived ahead of them. As he went ashore, he saw a great crowd; and he had compassion for them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd; and he began to teach them many things.
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.
“Come and rest a little,” Jesus invites. Exactly what would that look like in my life this first weekend of February 2015? It would be easy (at least in my imagination) to hop on a plane and “get out of town.” But of course I would still be the same “me” once I arrived…wherever the “there” might be.
Imagine there is another way to view Jesus’ invitation…in a place not bound by time and space. What if Jesus is inviting me to “come away”—to bring my heart in synch with Jesus’ heart? And once I’m there…what needs and hopes arise in my heart? What words do I find to speak? Can I just slow down and rest…letting Jesus take the lead?
Come, my Jesus!
—The Jesuit Prayer Team
May the God of peace, who brought up from the dead the great Shepherd of the sheep in the blood of the eternal covenant, Jesus our Lord, furnish you with all that is good, that you may do his will. Through Jesus Christ may he carry out in you all that is pleasing to him. To Christ be glory forever. Amen.
—Hebrews 13: 20-21