Hurried, Harried and Hassled, with no Time to Eat

8th Sunday after Pentecost

Jesus and his disciples had been busy reaching out to a variety of communities from the day Jesus sent them them all out two by two. They had been meeting with all kinds of folks, telling them the good news of Jesus , listening to their concerns and bringing healing to many who were sick. Now it was time to report in to talk about all of their encounters. It was sort of a debriefing time.

Jesus noted that they were very tired and needed a break so he said to them: “Come away with me to a quiet place and rest awhile”, so they got in the boat and went to another side of the lake of Gallilee where they hoped people would not be disturbing them.

Although there is much to be said about this gospel lesson for today, the main point jesus seems to be making is that we need to take care of ourselves. Take time to rest and be quiet and calm down from the hectic pace of life in which so many of us are engaged.

The Jewish Shema as well as the new commandment also call us to remembrance that if we are to be good servants to others, we need to take care of ourselves . Thus it is a good thing to take some time every day in a place that is quiet and restful and be with God and meditate on his word and its meaning for our life. Just like we need to eat something everyday to remain healthy, so we need to feed out spiritual life with spiritual food and ponder our relationship with God, ourselves and others.

If we all could practice this, we would feel less hurried, harried and hassled!

Pastor Dorn