Do you know that the reason we stand for the gospel reading is not that it is more important than the other scripture passages at mass, but because standing is a posture of being posed for action? We are not supposed to simply read the gospel, or reflect upon the gospel, but we are called to act upon it. When I read today’s gospel from Mark, I immediately thought of mothers. Let me explain. Jesus was traveling from town to town teaching, healing and casting out demons. He must have felt like a celebrity, as people flocked to Him, often clawing at Him physically – wanting to be touched by Him in return. With all of the travel, chaos and activity, Jesus had to be pooped at the end of the day – Sounds a bit like a day in the life of a mother!
Jesus teaches us what tired mommas should do with His next move – He gets up early (before everyone else) to get some “alone” time. He went off to a deserted place – which for us might be a back porch or bathtub – and prayed. If Jesus needed time to be still – time to communicate with God, then how much more do we need this time each and every day ourselves? It’s not a luxury, but a necessity. We can’t truly be conduits of God’s grace in our families and in our communities if we don’t! We must “plug in” to recharge!
“Help us, Jesus, to understand that in order ‘to do’ in your Church, also in the field of the new evangelization that is so urgently needed, we must first learn ‘to be,’ that is, to stay with you, in your sweet company, in adoration.”