Gospel – February 8, 2020 – Mark 6:30-34
The Apostles gathered together with Jesus
and reported all they had done and taught.
He said to them,
“Come away by yourselves to a deserted place and rest a while.”
People were coming and going in great numbers,
and they had no opportunity even to eat.
So they went off in the boat by themselves to a deserted place.
People saw them leaving and many came to know about it.
They hastened there on foot from all the towns
and arrived at the place before them.
When Jesus disembarked and saw the vast crowd,
his heart was moved with pity for them,
for they were like sheep without a shepherd;
and he began to teach them many things.
The Apostles had gone into the mission fields on a bit of a practice run. Today they return to Jesus telling all they saw – healings, miracles, the kingdom growing.
While they were gone Jesus didn’t sit idle. He continued his own mission.
So when the Apostles return there are so many people – new disciples – that they can’t even speak to Jesus. So he invites them to come with him to a quiet place to eat and rest, a retreat time to recover.
But even then the need is so great the crowd is at the “quiet place” ahead of them.
It seems they are being prepared for their lives after Jesus and how that will look. The poor (needy) will always be with us. It is for us (the new Apostles of Christ) to see to their needs.
At least that’s what I heard Him say…