“The Apostles gathered together with Jesus and reported all they had done and taught. He said to them, “Come away by yourselves to a deserted place and rest a while.” People were coming and going in great numbers, and they had no opportunity even to eat. So they went off in the boat to a deserted place.” (Mk. 6: 30-32)

This Gospel reminds us of the need to rest and for quiet time and reflection. Jesus knew the great benefits of rest, such that every now and then, He himself took the time to go to the mountain to pray, to commune with the Heavenly Father. Thus, He asked the Apostles to rest, and then took over and resumed their work. He continues to do this even up to today. Whenever we are heavily weighed down by life’s challenges, we should allow Jesus to take over our lives while we take a rest.

Quiet moments are needed, especially when one’s world is in a state of frenzy. The mind and body seek rest and so we have to give it the chance to be quiescent, otherwise, when pushed to the limit, the body will strongly demand it without our agreement. Sometimes, we just get sick whether we like it or not. In times when we need to, we just need to trust that everything will be alright. One of my closest friends once told me to “take a pause” whenever he saw me stressed way back then. His words always ring in my mind whenever I feel the need to take a rest. This friend is also the one who told me that the secret of his success as a businessman is that by taking an active role in his renewal community’s ministry, he actually spends more time in Church activities than ever before. Despite that, his business is doing so very well. He believes that by doing God’s work here on earth, he doesn’t need to worry about his and his family’s own earthly needs. The Lord will also take care of his own business and concerns, just like the way He did with His Apostles. I have always a high regard for this friend and I know that in doing business God’s way, we allow the awesome power of the Lord to work wonders in our earthly concerns. This is a compelling way of making a living here on earth!

Today, let us take on the promise of Jesus. It is a good time to rest and refresh. To take a break, a pause, or a slow down. To re-charge, to re-boot and to re-energize. He will accomplish what we need to do while He refreshes us. Today, let us allow the Lord to take over our work and businesses while we enjoy our quiet moments.

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