As I prepared this week, a single phrase continued to echo in my mind “he was moved by compassion” for the people.
Within our scripture, we heard about the need to care for ourselves with the reoccurring theme of rest and restoration. Jesus, through out scripture, seeks to escape the crowds in order to recharge his own batteries.
Jesus had sent his disciples out to proclaim the Word. If not openly welcomed by the community, the disciples were instructed to simply shake the dust from their sandals and to move along to the next community. In our passage, the disciples have returned from their adventures and are excitedly telling Jesus of the proclamations preached, the miracles performed, and the healing of the people. Jesus replies “It is great that you listened and now it is time to rest.”
We forget at times about those needed pauses in scripture.
At one time, I saw a Facebook meme that read:
I was talking to a pastor that said he never takes a day off because the devil doesn’t either.
I said “you might want to get a new role model”. Read the rest of this entry »