Reflection for 16th Sunday of Ordinary Time

St. Pius X | News
17 Jul 2021

Throughout the Gospel, in in today’s passage in particular, we can all draw a lesson from the open-hearted behavior of Christ in placing the needs of others before his own.  And if we identify ourselves as one of his followers, by virtue of our baptismal calling, all of us have Christian responsibilities and a certain amount of shepherding to do.  But in order to do this, unless we are continually linked to Christ through prayer, we run the danger of wandering off and finding other pathways more attractive.  The Gospel speaks of the importance of finding a quiet spot in our lives where we can be alone with Christ in prayer.   Like Christ, we need to get away at times from the constant calls upon us and from the pressures that bear down on us to listen to the healing voice of God and refresh ourselves spiritually.  If only we allow Jesus to make his home in our hearts, there is open to us the power and strength of God to assist us in our living.  Silent prayer alone with God is one of our greatest needs.  Alone in his presence, we should ask ourselves where we are going and what we are trying to achieve.  If we don’t make space for God in our lives, we are wasting our time and are not seeing beyond our present activity.  All of our life is sacred but we will never understand this unless we accept our Lord’s loving invitation to come apart and rest a while.