Monday, July 20, 2015

Give Me Your Heart Jesus

This Sundays reading was a true insight to Jesus's heart. A true lesson for those of us disciples yearning to be more like Him. "People were coming and going in great numbers, and they had no opportunity even to eat". So Jesus said "Come away by yourselves to a deserted place and rest a while". The demands of life can be this way at times. So we too need to follow the instruction of Jesus and take time to be still, reflect, rest. But that is not the end of the story. Even before the disciples could get to this place of rest the crowds saw them leaving and arrived at their place of rest before them. When Jesus saw these crowds he was moved, he saw them as sheep without a shepherd. His reaction was not anger at the thought of this rest being taken away. It was pity.  A sympathetic sorrow for one suffering, distressed or unhappy. So he chose to teach. He chose to reach deep into his resources and give, even though exhausted. Fr. Adam spoke about this in his homily. How many times are we exhausted and looking for just a moments rest, only to be asked for more? In these instances he beckons us to ask Jesus for his heart. Jesus give me your heart. Help me fill the needs of others. Even those I may not like, even when I am depleted myself. Give me your heart, to live in your word. Give me your ways to walk with you.

30 The apostles gathered around Jesus and reported to him all they had done and taught. 31 Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, he said to them, “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.”
32 So they went away by themselves in a boat to a solitary place. 33 But many who saw them leaving recognized them and ran on foot from all the towns and got there ahead of them. 34 When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd. So he began teaching them many things.

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