Over the last few weeks Andrew has been reflecting with us on Jesus’ ministry as feeding and healing. It’s been good to be reminded of the vibrance in Jesus’ response to the people he meets. I’ve noticed again the intensity and movement in the beginning of Mark’s story.
As we read together on Sunday I was struck by another aspect of Jesus life and teaching:
“In the morning, while it was still very dark, he got up and went out to a deserted place, and there he prayed. And Simon and his companions hunted for him. When they found him, they said to him, “Everyone is searching for you.” He answered, “Let us go on to the neighbouring towns, so that I may proclaim the message there also; for that is what I came out to do.” And he went throughout Galilee, proclaiming the message in their synagogues and casting out demons.”
In the midst of the crowds, in the midst of feeding and healing that is needed, Jesus prays.
And then, fresh from prayer, fresh from listening for God’s voice, he knows his purpose and he walks again into God’s mission.
When do I stop? And pray? And listen? And remember?
When do you stop? And pray? And listen? And remember?
We have two one-day prayer retreats. The first is on May 23rd just before Pentecost. The second will be held November 28th, just before Advent begins, and use the Coastal Walk as a way into prayer and listening. We will also hold a weekend prayer retreat at the Silver Wattle Quaker Centre September 18th-20th. And we can organise other opportunities for people to stop, pray and listen.
In the morning, while it was still very dark, he got up and went out to a deserted place, and there he prayed.
If we would find our lives immersed in Mark’s gospel story, then we ought to follow in the footsteps of this praying Christ.