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A Moment With Him

You must come away to some lonely place by yourselves and rest for a while
Mark 6:30-34

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Sermon Week Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Cycle B

Scripture Summary Mark 6:31


A man decided that it was time for him to become a regular Church-goer. He hoped to find the kind of congregation that could relieve the loneliness he was feeling. He visited Church after Church, but none seemed satisfactory. Finally, one Sunday morning, he wandered into a Church in which the sermon already was in progress. He listened carefully as the preacher bellowed, "We have left undone those things we ought to have done, and we have done those things we ought not to have done." The man sighed gratefully, saying to himself, "At last I've found my kind of people."

Someone has wisely said, "Our motto does not always need to be 'Don't just stand there, do something.' Often it needs to be, 'Don't just do something, stand there.'" In order to fulfill our heart's desire to meet God deeply within our souls, we must be willing to "stand there," so to speak. we must be willing to silence our heart. We must do our utmost to cast off all traces of anxious thoughts and fears that seem to haunt us when we come before the Lord in prayer. "Be still and know that I am God," says the Lord (Ps. 46:10). "You must come away to some lonely place by yourselves and rest awhile," Jesus says to the Apostles in today's Gospel Lesson. A fourth century saint put it this way:

Imagine a stream of water flowing from a spring and branching out at random into different channels. Now so long as it flows this way it will be entirely useless. Its waters are spread out too much; each single channel is small and, because of this, the water hardly moves. But if we should collect these scattered channels into a single stream, we would have a full and compact water flow that would be useful for many of life's needs.

So too with the human person's need to meet God at a deep level of the soul. If mind and heart are spread in all directions, branching out at random into different channels -- whatever pleases the [...]

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