Sunday: 22nd July, 2018

Reference text: Mark 6:30-34

Mark 6:31 And he said unto them, Come ye yourselves apart into a desert place, and rest a while: for there were many coming and going, and they had no leisure so much as to eat.

‘We live life with high levels of stress and at such high speeds that we forget to actually taste life’: in those words paraphrased from my Parish Priest today, it painted what could be the most accurate representation and summary of the kind of life we live in now; a fast paced world which gives no room for pauses, rests nor reflections. It is almost as if everybody is in panic mode.

Consequently, instead of doing things ‘with’ others, we opt to do it ‘for’ them; and we choose to speak ‘at’ people instead of talking ‘to’ them. Moreover, after these actions, there is apparently still no time to reflect. In the Gospel of today, after the disciples went all out to carry out their mission, they returned to Jesus all of excited to tell Him of the great works they had done.

However, one may be right in proposing that Jesus may have cut their excitement short- His words to them were rather suggestive of: ‘you have acted, its now time to reflect’ – something they had obviously not even thought about.

It is a reality that in certain moments, we need speed because time appears to have no pauses for the living, but are we going to just keep running because of this? So my dear, amidst all the events of today, do take a minute or two to attempt in finding an answer to these questions: ‘how quickly am I blazing through life? And in doing so, I am getting a taste of it? And are others missing out on anything I have to offer because I am in such a hurry?

Reflect on these words.

Remember # what you need is not just speed, but balance and proportionality.


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