First Reading: 1 Kgs 3:4-13
Psalm: Ps 119:9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14
Gospel: Mk 6:30-34
God communicated with Solomon through a dream and asked what he
needed to become a better leader. Wise Solomon asked for a
discerning heart, better understood as a sense of wisdom. God not
only granted his request but also told him that from this wisdom
will also come merit of honor, riches and long life, but only as
long as he used his wisdom wisely.
Have you ever sensed God’s will in any form? Perhaps God would
better communicate with us, whenever our minds are open and our
hearts listen for his message.
In today’s Gospel, Jesus and his disciples are overwhelmed by the
big crowd and decide to rest. How can we relate this incident to
something similar in our lives? Do we also sometimes feel so
exhausted and overwhelmed that we need a vacation or perhaps a break
from our present situation? But then again, maybe we notice that
there are important matters waiting for our attention – in Jesus’
case, the crowd surged towards them with their requests, not
allowing them to rest.
During such demanding times, we need to reflect and discern our
priorities. Are we following the right path? Or have we veered off
course because of the chaos around us? Then again, perhaps we need
to assess ourselves- it may not be the right time to withdraw from
responsibilities just because of the problems we are currently
Jesus’ action in today’s Gospel reminds us that it may be in the
rhythm of our Christian life that we can find an alternate meeting
place with God. It is this private place in our hearts that have
been serving multitudes of men and women in the Christian world.
Maybe it is time to look deeper into our Christian lives through the
rhythm of work and prayer.