January 24, 2013
St. Francis deSales
Mark 3: 7-12
Jesus departed with his disciples to the sea, and a great multitude from Galilee followed him; hearing all that he was doing, they came to him in great numbers from Judea, Jerusalem, Idumea, beyond the Jordan, and the region around Tyre and Sidon.
He told his disciples to have a boat ready for him because of the crowd, so that they would not crush him; for he had cured many, so that all who had diseases pressed upon him to touch him. Whenever the unclean spirits saw him, they fell down before him and shouted, “You are the Son of God!” But he sternly ordered them not to make him known.
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Release from Pressure
Jesus told his disciples to have a boat ready for him because of the crowd, so that they would not crush him.
[Mark 3: 9]
Jesus took refuge on a boat because the pressures of other people threatened to crush him. When do the pressures of others threaten to crush you? And where do you find refuge when that happens? If Jesus needed refuge, then certainly we do.
—Alice Camille, 2010: A Book of Grace-Filled Days © 2009 Loyola Press, Chicago IL. For more Ignatian spiritual resources from Loyola Press, please visit www.loyolapress.com
Lord, in so many ways you reveal the importance of caring for ourselves. We observe how you approached the crowd that threatened to crush you. Rather than give away all your energy to those pressing upon you, you withdrew to a boat and from there your voice rang out to all.
Lord, you witness to us the importance of setting boundaries so we do not become depleted of our enthusiasm to serve. Enlighten us to firmly believe that self-care is essential in our efforts to be there for others.
—The Jesuit Prayer Team
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