Shalom Blessed in Christ!
The gospel of today challenges us to leave the city of our comfort and go into the wilderness of our intuition.
“Early in the morning, while it was still dark, he rose up and went out, and departed into a deserted (eremos) place, and prayed there” (Mark 1:29-39).
The word “eremos” is often used to speak of the wilderness—desert wilderness, not forest wilderness—wilderness that has special meaning for Jews. It was in the wilderness that God shaped the Israelites—redeemed them—made them into the People of God. John the Baptist called people to repentance for the forgiveness of sins in the wilderness. It was in the wilderness that Jesus triumphed over Satan’s deadly temptations. God often does his best work in the wilderness!
This should give us hope as we experience our wilderness moments—times when things seem bleak, helpless and hopeless. It could be that God is using our wilderness experience to reshape our lives—to save us and to make us whole.
The deserted place to which Jesus goes to pray is not desert—there is no desert in the vicinity of Capernaum. Rather, the place where Jesus goes must be spiritually akin to the desert wilderness—a place where he can be free from distractions—a place where he can give himself unreservedly to prayer—a place where he can find strength from the One in whose service he has come.
Wilderness is a necessity there must be places for human beings to satisfy their souls. Do we take time to go to the wilderness? Do we have some time set apart to commune with God in Prayer? The wilderness is a place of an encounter with the Creator.
In the wilderness, we experience the faithfulness of God. In the wilderness, God ennobles us, He encourages us, He enlightens us, He empowers us and fills us with every spiritual vim and pep to preach and live the gospel values. Hence we can say like St Paul in the second reading, “it is a duty which has been laid on me; I should be punished if I did not preach the gospel” (1 Corinthians 9:16-19).
*Dear Friends and Brethren let us find time to renew and reinvigorate ourselves before God in Prayer. If you only pray when you’re in trouble, you’re in trouble!*
Do have a blessed and grace-filled Sunday. Stay healthy, Stay safe, Stay blessed as we remain united in prayers, Amen!