FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD
FEBRUARY 6, 2021
Saturday – Week Four
WORD of the DAY
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 he 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. (Mark 6: 30-34)
How shall I live this Word?
The apostles meet each other again, they re-unite around Jesus. Around Him we find the meaning of what we are and what we do. From “being with Jesus” comes the mission. The apostles go and return to Him. They tell what they have done, they share what they have taught, always with reference to the one Teacher. Their teaching leads people to turn to Jesus, so much so that “there were many who came and went” (31b). And Jesus explicitly calls them to go apart, in a deserted place, to rest, to continue this sharing and relationship with Him: this is the meaning of prayer. As an exercise of dialogue with God, of our personal relationship with Him, of rest in Him, but with Him … love and compassion become rest!
May everything have in You Lord, its beginning and its fulfillment!
The Voice of Pope Francis Angelus 22 July 2018
Let’s look at the three verbs in this passage: see, have compassion, teach. We can call them the Shepherd’s verbs. Jesus’ gaze is not a neutral gaze or, worse, cold and detached, because Jesus always looks with the eyes of the heart. And His heart is so tender and full of compassion that He knows how to grasp even the most hidden needs of people. […] Jesus was moved to see all those people in need of guidance and help. We would have expected Him to work some miracle now. Instead, He began to teach them many things. Here is the first bread that the Messiah offers to the hungry and lost crowd: the bread of the Word.
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