Gospel Reading and Thoughts for February 8, 2015

deserted placeGospel – Mark 1:29-39

On leaving the synagogue Jesus entered the house of Simon and Andrew with James and John. Simon’s mother-in-law lay sick with a fever. They immediately told him about her. He approached, grasped her hand, and helped her up. Then the fever left her and she waited on them. When it was evening, after sunset, they brought to him all who were ill or possessed by demons.

The whole town was gathered at the door. He cured many who were sick with various diseases, and he drove out many demons, not permitting them to speak because they knew him. Rising very early before dawn, he left and went off to a deserted place, where he prayed. Simon and those who were with him pursued him and on finding him said, “Everyone is looking for you.” He told them, “Let us go on to the nearby villages that I may preach there also. For this purpose have I come.” So he went into their synagogues, preaching and driving out demons throughout the whole of Galilee.



Jesus has entered his ministry!  Healing the sick, calling out demons, preaching to the masses.  With all of the miracles he is performing, it is no wonder that everyone was looking for him!  But even with all of his important work, with all of the people who needed him, Christ still withdrew to a deserted place to spend time with his Father.  He needed the quiet, the loneliness, to talk to God.

Even in the crazy busy-ness of our own days – homework, practices, concerts, diapers, birthday parties and science projects – we need to find time to go “off to a deserted place” to pray.  Perhaps this is the laundry room while we fold yet another load. Or maybe it is in the pickup line at the end of the school day.  Or maybe it is in the stillness of the morning, moments before another busy day starts again.

Draw close to God – you need the stillness to allow you to get back to the busy-ness of your life!

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