Sunday, 8 February 2015

Did Jesus burn the candle at both ends?

10 Minute Daily Retreat - Read the Daily Gospel with a prayerful heart.
Susanne Timpani (No.75)    
29 And immediately he[a] left the synagogue, and entered the house of Simon and Andrew, with James and John. 30 Now Simon’s mother-in-law lay sick with a fever, and immediately they told him of her. 31 And he came and took her by the hand and lifted her up, and the fever left her; and she served them.

32 That evening, at sundown, they brought to him all who were sick or possessed with demons. 33 And the whole city was gathered together about the door. 34 And he healed many who were sick with various diseases, and cast out many demons; and he would not permit the demons to speak, because they knew him.[b]

35 And in the morning, a great while before day, he rose and went out to a lonely place, and there he prayed. 36 And Simon and those who were with him followed him, 37 and they found him and said to him, “Every one is searching for you.”

38 And he said to them, “Let us go on to the next towns, that I may preach there also; for that is why I came out.” 39 And he went throughout all Galilee, preaching in their synagogues and casting out demons.(Mark 1:29-39)

Photographer: John Coppi Sunset over Adelaide South Australia
Photographer: John Coppi via CSIRO. Sunset over Adelaide SA

Today's reading is so rich that I have paraphrased a portion for reflection:

'That evening, at sunset, they brought to Jesus those were sick, and the whole city was gathered around his door.
And in the morning, well before dawn, Jesus got up and went to a lonely place to pray.
And His disciples followed Him and they found Him and they said, ‘everyone is searching for you.’
And He said to them, ‘Let’s go on to the next towns, that I may preach there also, for that is why I came.’
And He went through all of Galilee, preaching and healing.'

Many of us can relate to the two idioms: 'burn the candle at both ends' and 'a race against time'I know that I often feel like there is so much to do, but time keeps slipping away.

While the Gospel certainly gives us a picture of Jesus on the move, and with a clear purpose, it never shows us an anxious, flustered or exhausted Jesus. In fact, He tells His disciples frequently not to worry.

Today’s reading provides us with insight to Jesus’ ‘secret’. He goes to a lonely place to pray, and He has no doubt about the purpose of His life.

This encourages me to keep up the commitment to daily prayer.

It’s in the quiet place of our heart where we affirm the purpose God has for our life. 

On the way to the quiet place, we can, one by one lay every worry and care at His feet.

5 minutes: READ the text slowly.
REFLECT on a phrase or word that struck you.
SPEAK to God about your thoughts.
5 minutes: LISTEN to God speak to you.
RESPOND with a prayer that feels right for you.

Susanne Timpani