Lectio Divina: 2021-07-16

Lectio Divina for this Friday corresponds to the 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B.

Mk 6:30-34  They were like sheep without a shepherd.

One


‘ … rest a while’

Jesus cares about me and invites me too, to come away and rest a while, just like the disciples in today’s Lectio.

In the frantic world we live I know if I can go occasionally go to a ‘ deserted place’ it will allow my soul to catch up. I need to have time to reflect on God’s goodness in my life. The busy life I lead prevents me from experiencing an oasis of peace and refreshment that spending time alone with God can only bring .

Each week Lectio allows me to just be, just listen and feel held by God’s never ending love.

Two


V31 = come with me by yourself to a quiet place and get some rest.  It is only when I slow down that I can really listen to what God is saying to me. After I have been on retreats I always try to continue to meditate on God’s word. Sometimes I succeed other times I fail. But I know it is in the silence of the heart that Our Lord speaks to me. I can rest in his loving gaze. You can feel the joy of the moment and the energy of his love. The pockets of stillness are important to me during the day. I try to breathe in Gods love and breathe out my thanks for everything that God has done for me. Come Lord Jesus, come. 

Three

“Come away and rest”

Today I hear Jesus calling me to rest more in him. It is a rest apart from others but also a deep rest in and through the daily round. It involves deeper surrender, deeper trust, greater letting go of all that I feel I have to hang on to in order to prevent falling apart – or allowing others to do so. It means letting go to his will at times when, for myself, I feel: “I just have to do this.” – for whatever reason. Above all it is a rest in worship and love, acknowledging and reciprocating his oh! so real desire for me.

God bless each of you.

Four

“Let us go off by ourselves to some quiet place.”

I really hear Jesus saying that to me this morning. My anxiety levels are through the roof and He is saying to me. “Stop! Leave it all behind you and come to spend some time with me. Just you and me. There is no room for all the ‘stuff’ that is tiring you out. I am all you need.”

I am going to do just that. I am going to sit in my beautiful garden and rest with my Lord.

God bless you all. Stay safe and trust in God. We are in His hands.

Five


Compassion –  he saw the people running about like sheep without a shepherd and looked at them with compassion. Jesus is the ultimate example of compassion. Imagine he is looking at each of us in that way. What is he saying? 

As followers of Christ we are asked to live in the same way – to be compassionate as he is. A call and a challenge. As restrictions are lifted may we view others in a compassionate way – not with judgement. We don’t know what others are dealing with – their anxieties, worries and struggles. 

I pray that I may always look out with eyes of compassion.

Love and blessings

Six

V30 I imagine the excitement and energy of the apostles to be gathered together again and the telling and sharing of their stories with honesty.

Jesus tells them to come away and rest, but best laid plans and our God is the God of surprises, a crowd awaits.

The apostles must have been disappointed that they wouldn’t have ‘alone’ time with Jesus. I am disappointed at no retreat this year – so far.

But the apostles get more teaching along with the crowd so perhaps I will take up an online retreat in with my daily life.

“He set himself to teach them at some length”

My prayer today is “Jesus teach me.”

God bless you all

Seven


Greetings in the name of Jesus our Lord.

Mark 6: 31…. ” Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest”…..is one of the most beautiful and pleasant music/ saying to my soul. 

It could be because I have a large family and a dependent, not-so-well husband but I find over the years, I love some quiet time with Jesus. 

Quiet times with Him, I also discover, gives me time to listen to Him, be thankful and not just batter Him with requests and complaints.

In quiet, one becomes more attentive to His still small voice.

I pray that in our busyness, we still find time to thank God for His compassion towards us and also for His loving kindness. 

It’s a beautiful day today, let us ponder how God in Jesus, loves us. 

We are sheep with a Good Shepherd. Hallelujah. 

Pax.

Eight


Friends

“Come away to a deserted place.. and rest awhile… for many were coming and going and they had no leisure even to eat”

Does that ring any bells for us?

But the crowds saw them go, worked out where they were heading, and got there first.

Jesus had compassion for them – that’s suffering alongside – and perceived that they were like sheep without a shepherd.

Doesn’t ring quite true for us, because our British sheep get on very well for most of the year without a shepherd, getting attention at gathering, lambing, shearing and dipping, and so we make an allowance for cultural differences.

Come way to a deserted place and rest a while; I needed this reminder.

We need deserted places, particularly well apart from TV and radio adverts, the sights that dazzle, the tempting sounds we are intended to hear, and to open ourselves to the gentle guidance of the ultimate Shepherd of the sheep.

Though sometimes grace can be abrasive if we resist!

Is it just me?  I suspect not!

Pax

Nine

He began teaching them many things

My Christian journey has had many twists and turns and over the years I have become more teachable. There has been a lot of letting go as God has helped me to see the world in a different way.  Change sometimes comes quickly, most times slowly. There is a letting go of self will and seeking his will, trust is replacing fear, surrender is replacing resistance, serenity is replacing anxiety and forgiveness is replacing resentment. 

My commitment to seeking his way is strengthened through the daily practice of prayer and meditation. It is a mystery how God heals, but he does and I am amazed and so grateful.

Ten

‘they are like sheep without a shepherd

It always amazes me how much I can get from a few lines during Lectio. But, at the end what caught my attention more were the attitudes of the different people in this Gospel.

I imagine myself in the ‘shoes’ of the disciples, coming back from their mission. Full of tiredness, eager to share what had happened with the Master. Jesus, full of concern for their physical wellbeing, (‘they had no time even to eat‘), inviting them/me to go to a quiet, peaceful place for themselves to share what went on. Jesus is saying to me too ‘Come away by yourself. Spend time in My Presence. Rest in my care’. How wonderful that sounds! Yes, I want that.

And all of a sudden arriving to this ‘lonely’ place and finding out that far from being on their own alone, a crowd was already there, waiting. Honestly, I would be quite a bit annoyed. I can hear in my head words like; ‘ Come on!, give us a break! We are hungry, we need some rest!’

Then, I imagine myself as part of this crowd, who saw Jesus and his disciples getting into the boat and leaving. I can here somebody guessing, by the direction the boat is taking, where they were going. Plus somebody else saying something like ‘If we hurry up we can catch them. Let’s go.’  They had to walk really fast, if not directly run, to arrive before them; I guess the boat was going in a straight line, while walking they had to follow the contour of the lake.

I think they have to be highly motivated by their need of Jesus words, thirsting for more of Jesus, they couldn’t have enough of Jesus. Why?

Jesus answers my question ‘because they are like sheep without a shepherd‘.

They could not let go, because Jesus words were LIVE giving for them.

I have felt myself many times lost, in need of direction, in need of purpose, in need of help. Not only during the critical moments of crisis, but even during the good moments. How many times I thought I was arriving to a dead end in my path or it arrived to a crossroad. Whom could I ask for directions, for help?

Easy answer; there was/ is always my Almighty and Compassionate Jesus, always there for me. He took pity of me too, I was one of these sheep without a shepherd, who did seek for something more, for someone who could bring me hope, who could bring me light. And there, always, is Jesus to guide me, to teach me, to care for me, to love me.

At this moment the song the Carmelite Sisters played this morning at the end of the Mass came to my head; ‘The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want…’ (cf. Ps 23)

Thank you Lord, you are my Shepherd, with You I am not lost anymore.