User Settings

Mark 6:30-34

The apostles gathered around Jesus, and told him all that they had done and taught. He said to them, "Come away to a deserted place all by yourselves and rest a while." For many were coming and going, and they had no leisure even to eat. And they went away in the boat to a deserted place by themselves. Now many saw them going and recognized them, and they hurried there on foot from all the towns and arrived ahead of them. As he went ashore, he saw a great crowd; and he had compassion for them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd; and he began to teach them many things.

Mark 6:30-34
  • Some thoughts on today's scripture

    Active
    Default
    • The apostles returned from their missions like children from a party. They are so full of what happened on their journeys and are anxious to tell Jesus all about it. So they gather around him. Do I share their simplicity of heart? Do I take a little time each evening to chat with him about how the day has gone?
    • How often do we plan a break - even a coffee break! - and life gets in the way? Jesus’ reaction to the people who disrupted his well-earned break was to feel sorry for them and to help them. How do I react to similar interruptions?
  • Some thoughts on today's scripture

    Active
    Default
    • When I give time to prayer, I am responding to the invitation of Jesus to ‘come away’ to a quiet place. I meet God who answers my need for rest and nourishment. I notice that I never regret the time I give to prayer, even though for some, little seems to happen. It seems my heart is made for prayer, just as my body is made for healthy air.
    • Jesus, you had to make a choice. Will you look after your disciples or serve the crowd? You make your decision out of compassion. Your heart is stirred to its depths by the deep spiritual hunger of the people. You recognise their need as a call from God. Lord, may I always make my choices out of love and compassion, not out of selfishness.
  • Some thoughts on today's scripture

    Active
    Default
    • There is a phrase to ponder: /He had compassion on the crowd because they were like sheep without a shepherd. / Jesus, son of the eternal father, sees the crowd as his sisters and brothers. His gaze spans the millennia of humankind, sees our need for direction, for compassion, and for seeking some meaning in existence.
    • To his disciples, exhausted by all the unscripted coming and going of the crowds, Jesus said /Come away by yourselves to a lonely place, and rest a while. / This is the origin of the Christian practice of making a retreat: a lonely place, where we can drop our public mask, reflect on our life, and rest. I do it in a small way whenever I beam in on /Sacred Space/ and devote some time to just God and me.
    • This is a gospel story for people busy with caring for others. Jesus' desire for peace and quiet was disturbed by the crowds who needed him. This is an image of many parents and people in helping professions. We need rest and time to recharge the energy and love of the heart; but at times the needs of others will take over. Prayer can unite both - the prayer of our action and the prayer of love.
    • Prayer is a time of answering the invitation in the gospel ‘Come away to a deserted place'. The place of our mind can be very crowded with the cares and concerns of life. We need time to give these over to God in prayer and then time just to be still. Stillness is of the essence of prayer. But whether we are still or busy in the mind, the essence of prayer is also to share all we are with Jesus; and to go from prayer ready to work with him in our world.
    • It is good, indeed essential, to go apart to a 'deserted' place from time to time to rest and feed one's heart by listening for the voice of God. The human heart is restless. "Is this all there is?" Some assuage this human hunger by grasping for more and more money, fame, sex, power. To be fully human is to seek. We seek not just for food, facts or things, but for meaning. We want a purpose, a motive to go on. Jesus provides us with such a purpose.
    • Even as Lent approaches, the voice of Jesus calls us aside.
    • The apostles gather around Jesus, keen to tell him about what they had done. Jesus listens to them as he listens to me and asks us to take some quiet time apart.
    • Jesus looks at me with compassion, seeing how I need shepherding and care. I allow the flock of my concerns to be recognised and held in Jesus' healing gaze.
  • Some thoughts on today's scripture

    Active
    Default
    • There is a phrase to ponder: /He had compassion on the crowd because they were like sheep without a shepherd. / Jesus, son of the eternal father, sees the crowd as his sisters and brothers. His gaze spans the millennia of humankind, sees our need for direction, for compassion, and for seeking some meaning in existence.
    • To his disciples, exhausted by all the unscripted coming and going of the crowds, Jesus said /Come away by yourselves to a lonely place, and rest a while. / This is the origin of the Christian practice of making a retreat: a lonely place, where we can drop our public mask, reflect on our life, and rest. I do it in a small way whenever I beam in on /Sacred Space/ and devote some time to just God and me.
    • This is a gospel story for people busy with caring for others. Jesus' desire for peace and quiet was disturbed by the crowds who needed him. This is an image of many parents and people in helping professions. We need rest and time to recharge the energy and love of the heart; but at times the needs of others will take over. Prayer can unite both - the prayer of our action and the prayer of love.
    • Prayer is a time of answering the invitation in the gospel ‘Come away to a deserted place'. The place of our mind can be very crowded with the cares and concerns of life. We need time to give these over to God in prayer and then time just to be still. Stillness is of the essence of prayer. But whether we are still or busy in the mind, the essence of prayer is also to share all we are with Jesus; and to go from prayer ready to work with him in our world.
    • It is good, indeed essential, to go apart to a 'deserted' place from time to time to rest and feed one's heart by listening for the voice of God. The human heart is restless. "Is this all there is?" Some assuage this human hunger by grasping for more and more money, fame, sex, power. To be fully human is to seek. We seek not just for food, facts or things, but for meaning. We want a purpose, a motive to go on. Jesus provides us with such a purpose.
    • Even as Lent approaches, the voice of Jesus calls us aside.
    • The apostles gather around Jesus, keen to tell him about what they had done. Jesus listens to them as he listens to me and asks us to take some quiet time apart.
    • Jesus looks at me with compassion, seeing how I need shepherding and care. I allow the flock of my concerns to be recognised and held in Jesus' healing gaze.
  • Some thoughts on today's scripture

    Active
    Default
    • There is a phrase to ponder: /He had compassion on the crowd because they were like sheep without a shepherd. / Jesus, son of the eternal father, sees the crowd as his sisters and brothers. His gaze spans the millennia of humankind, sees our need for direction, for compassion, and for seeking some meaning in existence.
    • To his disciples, exhausted by all the unscripted coming and going of the crowds, Jesus said /Come away by yourselves to a lonely place, and rest a while. / This is the origin of the Christian practice of making a retreat: a lonely place, where we can drop our public mask, reflect on our life, and rest. I do it in a small way whenever I beam in on /Sacred Space/ and devote some time to just God and me.
    • This is a gospel story for people busy with caring for others. Jesus' desire for peace and quiet was disturbed by the crowds who needed him. This is an image of many parents and people in helping professions. We need rest and time to recharge the energy and love of the heart; but at times the needs of others will take over. Prayer can unite both - the prayer of our action and the prayer of love.
    • Prayer is a time of answering the invitation in the gospel ‘Come away to a deserted place'. The place of our mind can be very crowded with the cares and concerns of life. We need time to give these over to God in prayer and then time just to be still. Stillness is of the essence of prayer. But whether we are still or busy in the mind, the essence of prayer is also to share all we are with Jesus; and to go from prayer ready to work with him in our world.
    • It is good, indeed essential, to go apart to a 'deserted' place from time to time to rest and feed one's heart by listening for the voice of God. The human heart is restless. "Is this all there is?" Some assuage this human hunger by grasping for more and more money, fame, sex, power. To be fully human is to seek. We seek not just for food, facts or things, but for meaning. We want a purpose, a motive to go on. Jesus provides us with such a purpose.
    • Even as Lent approaches, the voice of Jesus calls us aside.
    • The apostles gather around Jesus, keen to tell him about what they had done. Jesus listens to them as he listens to me and asks us to take some quiet time apart.
    • Jesus looks at me with compassion, seeing how I need shepherding and care. I allow the flock of my concerns to be recognised and held in Jesus' healing gaze.
  • Some thoughts on today's scripture

    Active
    Default
    • There is a phrase to ponder: /He had compassion on the crowd because they were like sheep without a shepherd. / Jesus, son of the eternal father, sees the crowd as his sisters and brothers. His gaze spans the millennia of humankind, sees our need for direction, for compassion, and for seeking some meaning in existence.
    • To his disciples, exhausted by all the unscripted coming and going of the crowds, Jesus said /Come away by yourselves to a lonely place, and rest a while. / This is the origin of the Christian practice of making a retreat: a lonely place, where we can drop our public mask, reflect on our life, and rest. I do it in a small way whenever I beam in on /Sacred Space/ and devote some time to just God and me.
    • This is a gospel story for people busy with caring for others. Jesus' desire for peace and quiet was disturbed by the crowds who needed him. This is an image of many parents and people in helping professions. We need rest and time to recharge the energy and love of the heart; but at times the needs of others will take over. Prayer can unite both - the prayer of our action and the prayer of love.
    • Prayer is a time of answering the invitation in the gospel ‘Come away to a deserted place'. The place of our mind can be very crowded with the cares and concerns of life. We need time to give these over to God in prayer and then time just to be still. Stillness is of the essence of prayer. But whether we are still or busy in the mind, the essence of prayer is also to share all we are with Jesus; and to go from prayer ready to work with him in our world.
    • It is good, indeed essential, to go apart to a 'deserted' place from time to time to rest and feed one's heart by listening for the voice of God. The human heart is restless. "Is this all there is?" Some assuage this human hunger by grasping for more and more money, fame, sex, power. To be fully human is to seek. We seek not just for food, facts or things, but for meaning. We want a purpose, a motive to go on. Jesus provides us with such a purpose.
    • Even as Lent approaches, the voice of Jesus calls us aside.
    • The apostles gather around Jesus, keen to tell him about what they had done. Jesus listens to them as he listens to me and asks us to take some quiet time apart.
    • Jesus looks at me with compassion, seeing how I need shepherding and care. I allow the flock of my concerns to be recognised and held in Jesus' healing gaze.
  • Some thoughts on today's scripture

    Active
    Default
    • There is a phrase to ponder: /He had compassion on the crowd because they were like sheep without a shepherd. / Jesus, son of the eternal father, sees the crowd as his sisters and brothers. His gaze spans the millennia of humankind, sees our need for direction, for compassion, and for seeking some meaning in existence.
    • To his disciples, exhausted by all the unscripted coming and going of the crowds, Jesus said /Come away by yourselves to a lonely place, and rest a while. / This is the origin of the Christian practice of making a retreat: a lonely place, where we can drop our public mask, reflect on our life, and rest. I do it in a small way whenever I beam in on /Sacred Space/ and devote some time to just God and me.
    • This is a gospel story for people busy with caring for others. Jesus' desire for peace and quiet was disturbed by the crowds who needed him. This is an image of many parents and people in helping professions. We need rest and time to recharge the energy and love of the heart; but at times the needs of others will take over. Prayer can unite both - the prayer of our action and the prayer of love.
    • Prayer is a time of answering the invitation in the gospel ‘Come away to a deserted place'. The place of our mind can be very crowded with the cares and concerns of life. We need time to give these over to God in prayer and then time just to be still. Stillness is of the essence of prayer. But whether we are still or busy in the mind, the essence of prayer is also to share all we are with Jesus; and to go from prayer ready to work with him in our world.
    • It is good, indeed essential, to go apart to a 'deserted' place from time to time to rest and feed one's heart by listening for the voice of God. The human heart is restless. "Is this all there is?" Some assuage this human hunger by grasping for more and more money, fame, sex, power. To be fully human is to seek. We seek not just for food, facts or things, but for meaning. We want a purpose, a motive to go on. Jesus provides us with such a purpose.
    • Even as Lent approaches, the voice of Jesus calls us aside.
    • The apostles gather around Jesus, keen to tell him about what they had done. Jesus listens to them as he listens to me and asks us to take some quiet time apart.
    • Jesus looks at me with compassion, seeing how I need shepherding and care. I allow the flock of my concerns to be recognised and held in Jesus' healing gaze.
  • Some thoughts on today's scripture

    Active
    Default
    • There is a phrase to ponder: /He had compassion on the crowd because they were like sheep without a shepherd. / Jesus, son of the eternal father, sees the crowd as his sisters and brothers. His gaze spans the millennia of humankind, sees our need for direction, for compassion, and for seeking some meaning in existence.
    • To his disciples, exhausted by all the unscripted coming and going of the crowds, Jesus said /Come away by yourselves to a lonely place, and rest a while. / This is the origin of the Christian practice of making a retreat: a lonely place, where we can drop our public mask, reflect on our life, and rest. I do it in a small way whenever I beam in on /Sacred Space/ and devote some time to just God and me.
    • This is a gospel story for people busy with caring for others. Jesus' desire for peace and quiet was disturbed by the crowds who needed him. This is an image of many parents and people in helping professions. We need rest and time to recharge the energy and love of the heart; but at times the needs of others will take over. Prayer can unite both - the prayer of our action and the prayer of love.
    • Prayer is a time of answering the invitation in the gospel ‘Come away to a deserted place'. The place of our mind can be very crowded with the cares and concerns of life. We need time to give these over to God in prayer and then time just to be still. Stillness is of the essence of prayer. But whether we are still or busy in the mind, the essence of prayer is also to share all we are with Jesus; and to go from prayer ready to work with him in our world.
    • It is good, indeed essential, to go apart to a 'deserted' place from time to time to rest and feed one's heart by listening for the voice of God. The human heart is restless. "Is this all there is?" Some assuage this human hunger by grasping for more and more money, fame, sex, power. To be fully human is to seek. We seek not just for food, facts or things, but for meaning. We want a purpose, a motive to go on. Jesus provides us with such a purpose.
    • Even as Lent approaches, the voice of Jesus calls us aside.
    • The apostles gather around Jesus, keen to tell him about what they had done. Jesus listens to them as he listens to me and asks us to take some quiet time apart.
    • Jesus looks at me with compassion, seeing how I need shepherding and care. I allow the flock of my concerns to be recognised and held in Jesus' healing gaze.