10 Minute Daily Retreat - Read the Daily Gospel with a prayerful heart.
Prepared by Susanne Timpani (No.141)
A reading from the holy Gospel according to Mark 6:30-34
The apostles rejoined Jesus and told him all they had done and taught. And he said to them, 'Come away to some lonely place all by yourselves and rest for a while'; for there were so many coming and going that there was no time for them even to eat.
So they went off in the boat to a lonely place where they could be by themselves. But people saw them going, and many recognised them; and from every town they all hurried to the place on foot and reached it before them.
So as he stepped ashore he saw a large crowd, and he took pity on them because they were like sheep without a shepherd, and he set himself to teach them at some length.
'There are two dangers in life.
First, there is the danger of a too constant activity. No one can work without rest; no one can live the Christian life unless he gives himself times with God.
It may well be that the whole trouble in our lives is that we give God no opportunity to speak to us, because we do not know how to be still and to listen; we give God no time to recharge us with spiritual energy and strength, because there is no time when we wait upon him.
Second, there is the danger of too much withdrawal.
Devotion that does not issue in action is not real devotion. Prayer that does not issue in work is not real prayer.
We must never seek the fellowship of God in order to avoid the fellowship of men but in order to fit ourselves better for it.
The rhythm of the Christian life is the alternate meeting with God in the secret place and serving people in the market place.' (William Barclay)
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.
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