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16th Sunday in Ordinary Time

July 19, 2015

REST:  AN ARTFORM

In our Gospel today, Jesus and his apostles gathered after their work was complete. They had worked hard – so hard that they did not even have a chance to eat and so Jesus tells them to go away by themselves and rest.

Over and over, Jesus demonstrates a need for rest (even though he did not always get it) and so it seems helpful for us to take a moment and think about rest, leisure and our Sabbath moments.

Think for a moment about your favorite activities – what purpose do they serve?  Aristotle said that the best activities are the most useless.

It seems strange to say this, I know, but think for a moment about holiness. What does it look like? What actions constitute it? What gives it evidence?

The difficulty with limiting my activity is that it does not make me feel more holy. We equate more with more: more holiness requires more activity. But things are often inversed in the spiritual life.

CLICK HERE for the readings for 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Jeremiah 23:1-6; Psalm 23; Ephesians 2:13-18; Mark 6:30-34)

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