Saturday, 4th Week in Ordinary Time, February 3, 2024

Father Rick’s Two Minute Homily for Saturday, 4th Week in Ordinary Time, February 3, 2024, Mark 6:30-34
https://bible.usccb.org/bible/readings/020324.cfm

We All Need A Deserted Place

There are so many pressures in today’s world. Getting caught in traffic to and from work can cause stress. Please think of the wasted energy when we carry that stress into our work and family life. It is hard to focus our minds and hearts on a task at work, our comrades, and even our family members.

The disciples were on a long missionary journey when Jesus sent them out two by two. So, Jesus knew they were under a lot of stress. Their bodies were tired, and their minds were full of so many wonderful experiences they shared. It was exhausting. So Jesus took the Third Commandment, “Keep holy the Sabbath,” and broke it down into smaller chunks during the week.

“Come away by yourselves to a deserted place and rest awhile.” Rest is vital to our existence. Life is full of anxieties, and a clear mind and heart allow the dust and fog to settle. We slow down in a fog when driving. So, we slow down every day in the fog of life. Being still and quiet for a few moments can seem like an eternity. That’s because we are in the Presence of God, who is in eternity. I am learning that He does His best work when I give Him a few moments of attention.

Even if you spend one minute breathing deeply, you will see a massive difference in how you feel. The Holy Spirit is the “Pneuma or Breath of God,” God breathed into Adam, who caught the breath and became a living being.

Gospel Challenge:
Think about the moments in the day when the Lord is calling you to that deserted place inside. You will find rest and His energy there to do your work and be present to people most important to you.
IGNITE THE FIRE

Love Your Neighbor:
Please join me in praying for all baptized Catholics to be faithful to Jesus in the Holy Mass every weekend. Hail Mary, full of grace…
Mother Mary, “I am yours now and forever. Through you and with you, I always want to belong completely to Jesus.” The Surrender Novena – InHeartland. https://inheartland.com/pages/the-surrender-novena

Peace be with you.

Fr. Rick Pilger, I.C.
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