Reflections - July 19, 2015

“Come away by yourselves to a deserted place and rest a while.”  Mk. 6:31.
 
We are in summer vacation.  It is beach time and rest time when the sun sets later and we have more time to read and reflect.
 
In this week’s Gospel the Lord invites his disciples to “a place apart to rest and find themselves”, to be filled with the Lord’s grace and live a full life.  Jesus knows that they have to grow spiritually because to communicate light to others you have to obtain that light first.  I can’t communicate a smile if I can’t smile, I can’t speak about Christian happiness if I don’t feel it.  Even more, I can’t pray with my brothers and sisters if this prayer does not fill my soul.  I can’t appear to a light to the world if I live in darkness.
 
The Lord says:  “I came so that they might have life and have it more abundantly”.  Jn. 10:10.
 
Some days ago I read something about evangelization that made me reflect:  “Evangelization is not so much a theological problem but a personal one”.
 
Jesus knew that evangelization needs a testimony of life and to give testimony it is necessary to give witness.  Pope Francis says it well:  “Evangelization is not done by proselytizing but by attraction”.
 
Jesus listens to his disciples about what they had done but wants above all for them not to feel trapped by the triumphalism of the many things yet to be done and that wears us out.
 
The Gospel says:   “People were coming and going in great numbers, and they had no opportunity even to eat”.  Mk. 6:31.  Jesus wants them to rest and find themselves.
 
 
We need to absorb what the Lord tells us to be fruitful at evangelizing.   The disciple needs to be filled with the spirit of his Master and Lord.  That relationship through silence, prayer, and communion calls, vivifies, stimulates, refreshes and builds us…..and it creates divine life to be Master-disciple, Evangelizer-evangelized so that all can be for the Glory of God in Evangelizing.