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Fourth Week of Ordinary Time

Heb. 13:15-17, 20-21 & Mk. 6:30-34

On returning from a missionary journey, Jesus said to His apostles, “You must come away to some lonely place all by yourselves and rest for a while.” He was eager for them to enjoy physical rest, but also the opportunity to recharge their spiritual batteries. He was concerned that amid the demands of ministry they might lose a sense of union with Him. He wanted them to spend time alone with Him.

In a busy, distracting life we too need time alone with Jesus. At Mass, we offer, through Jesus, our sacrifice of praise to God. But the Mass is a community prayer and cannot cater for the tastes and needs of every individual. For a full life of prayer we need both public liturgy and private prayer, each in its own place.

As well as coming to Mass, we have to make room in our lives for personal prayer. This calls for a sacrifice of our time, but it is surely worth looking for that solitary place where we can be alone with Jesus.

Meanwhile there is an appeal to obey our leaders, in the first reading, for they have to give an account of the way they look after our souls. May they make our task of obeying them not difficult and may it be a joy working with them.

Lord Jesus, You are the most important person in our lives. May this belief be reflected in the amount of time we spend alone with You each day.

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