FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD
Saturday, February 3, 2018
Feast of St. Blaise Bishop and Martyr
WORD of the DAY
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. (Mark 6: 31-32)
How shall I live this Word?
Mark reveals a very human and tender trait of Jesus in regard to His apostles. He worries about them. He had sent them to proclaim the Gospel, but He did not want them to get over-tired and overcome with work, so much so that they ‘no opportunity even to eat’. Jesus was convinced that it was important for His apostles to ‘remain with Him’ to rest a while and share among themselves their experiences of the mission. It was important to ‘go off by themselves to a deserted place’ far from the crowds, in intimacy with Jesus.
We cannot fully understand the meaning of the mission when we remain suffocated by things to do and by the crowd. We must listen to Jesus’ command, “Come away, alone, to a deserted place, and rest a while”. Missionaries of all times, even ours, run the risk of being dazed, captured by the crowd, and the thousand things to do. Rest from missionary fatigue, discernment of successes and failures, tasting of the joys of the mission, are only possible by “being with Him”, in the intimacy of dialog with Jesus.
Today, as I pause for rest and prayer, I will repeat to myself the personal and tender invitation of Jesus: “Come away by yourselves to a deserted place and rest a while”.
The Voice of Matthew 11: 28
“Come to me, you who are tired and oppressed and I will give you rest”.
Today is the feast of San Biagio (Blaise) and we wish the Sisters’ community of San Biagio and all the sanbiagini, a very happy feast day!
Institute of Daughters of Mary Help of Christians, Via dell’Ateneo Salesiano 81, 00139 Rome, Italy
Comment by Fr. Ferdinando Bergamelli, SDB