Today's Gospel in Art - You must rest for a while

Freedom of Worship, by Norman Rockwell 1943 © Norman Rockwell Museum, Stockbridge, Massachusetts

Freedom of Worship, by Norman Rockwell 1943 © Norman Rockwell Museum, Stockbridge, Massachusetts

Gospel of 8th February 2020 - Mark 6:30-34

The apostles rejoined Jesus and told him all they had done and taught. Then he said to them, 'You must come away to some lonely place all by yourselves and rest for a while'; for there were so many coming and going that the apostles had no time even to eat. So they went off in a boat to a lonely place where they could be by themselves. But people saw them going, and many could guess where; and from every town they all hurried to the place on foot and reached it before them. So as he stepped ashore he saw a large crowd; and he took pity on them because they were like sheep without a shepherd, and he set himself to teach them at some length.

Reflection on the Painting

Today's gospel reading beautifully describes what the Christian life is about: an ebb and flow movement between prayer in quietness with God and then returning to involvement with His people. Both go hand in hand. We couldn't continue to do apostolic work, if it isn't rooted in a prayer life. And a prayer life would be thin if it wasn't fed by the works we do. William Barclay (1907-1978) a biblical scholar, writer and broadcaster, put it well: 'The rhythm of the Christian life is the alternate meeting with God in the secret place and serving people in the market place'.

In our reading today, the twelve disciples just came back from their first missionary work. This was the first time they were on their own without Jesus accompanying them. They had a great time, but were exhausted and needed to rest and pray. Jesus actually tells them 'Come away and rest' …what tender words…

Our painting is by Norman Rockwell, an American author, painter and illustrator.........To read on see:

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