Pastor's Desk: 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted 18th July 2015 in Pastor's Desk

In place of the Pastor’s Desk this week, we include the following extract from Intercom Magazine:

The Deep End - Nourishment

Although today’s Gospel is short, there is plenty of food for thought. The apostles have returned to Jesus after their mission. They are exhausted and we are told have not even had time to ‘eat’. They are in need of rest and nourishment in body, mind and spirit. Jesus gives good instruction to them and to us today: ‘Come away to a deserted place all by yourselves and rest a while’. Our world demands so much from us, everyone is so busy all of the time. Jesus’s instruction tells us that time out is so important; we need to look after ourselves.

Of course it doesn’t go to plan. The crowd are desperate for guidance. Jesus takes pity on them as they are like ‘sheep without a shepherd’. Either they have no one to guide them or the leaders who are guiding them are offering a fruitless leadership. These people need to be listened to. What are they asking for? What do they need? As Church, are we offering people what they need or are we leading them to the ‘safe places’ that no longer serve their needs? Where are people going for nourishment today? These are important questions. We must listen to the need in ourselves for rest and nourishment and also respond to the real needs of others.

Jane Mellett

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