‘Come away by yourselves to a deserted place and rest a while.’

The Apostles had just returned from their first mission, and apparently it was quite successful. However, since Jesus recognized that they needed quiet time to rest and recharge their batteries and to prayerfully reflect on what was happening inside of them as they ministered to others, He decided to take them to a secluded place. No doubt, he knew that some of them had their egos bruised by their encounter with others. He knew that they had experiences which they needed to process in order to understand themselves better.

“Come away by yourselves to a deserted place and rest a while.” You and I share the same broken humanity which the apostles shared, and the people we deal with share that same humanity, since we are all children of Adam and Eve. We have the same need for quiet time.

Are we even aware of our need for silence in our lives? Why is it that sometimes we are just driven to keep busy? I remember a person once telling me that we should not have silent time during Mass after Holy Communion because “silent time is a downer.”

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