How interesting that in today’s gospel Jesus affirmatively decides that he doesn’t want to deal with the crowds around him so he gives orders to cross to the other shore. This is a wonderful lesson for us. Jesus was fully human. He got tired, he sometimes just wanted to get away from it all. Nothing wrong with that. Why is it that we feel that we are doing something wrong if we, too, want to get away from it all?
When Jesus saw a crowd around him,
he gave orders to cross to the other shore.
A scribe approached and said to him,
“Teacher, I will follow you wherever you go.”
Jesus answered him, “Foxes have dens and birds of the sky have nests,
but the Son of Man has nowhere to rest his head.”
Another of his disciples said to him,
“Lord, let me go first and bury my father.”
But Jesus answered him, “Follow me,
and let the dead bury their dead.”
Ministry can often be invigorating and give us great energy. Sometimes, though, it can be very tiring and even exhausting. When that happens we have a responsibility to rest and recharge our spiritual batteries. The Lord doesn’t want us to grind ourselves into the ground. He sometimes needed to get away and took opportunities to do so.
So should we.