Reading Reflections: Sixteenth Sunday Gospel Year B

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The apostles gathered together with Jesus and reported all they had done and taught.

He had sent them on mission two by two to prepare for and to share in his ministry.
Do you see the importance of sharing with others what God has done through you?

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.
Jesus wanted to teach the disciples that they must have a balanced life: ministry (action) and prayer (contemplation).
How much time do we take in our daily, weekly life for quality prayer time? We can’t always do it with a lot of people around.
When was the last time we made a personal retreat?

So they went off in the boat by themselves to a deserted place.
Do you have that "deserted place" in your life?
What is the purpose of this time and place?:to be alone with the Lord and to be refreshed by the Lord.

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.
Sometimes people may not always understand our need for aloneness with God. How do we deal with that?
How does Jesus react?

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.
Do we sometimes become angry with people who seem to need so much of our time? Reflect of Jesus’ attitude.
Notice Jesus ministered to the crowd while allowing the disciples their space to recoup. What does that say to you?
What does this passage say to you? What resolution will you make and hopefully follow up on?

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