Week of July 19, 2015
16th Week of Ordinary Time
Dear Friends of St. Luke’s,
"The apostles gathered together with Jesus and reported all they had done and taught. He (Jesus) said to them, "Come away by yourselves to a deserted place and rest a while." ~ Mark 6:30-31
From the time of the summer solstice in June throughout the rest of the summer, God treats us to long periods of daylight.
I find it fascinating that "solstice" is derived from the Latin words for "sol" (sun) and "sistere" (to stand still). Hmmm, I wonder if our Heavenly Father is trying to say something to us?
These beautiful sun-laden days seem to fly by as people take vacations, catch up on reading or current events, spruce up their homes...the list is endless! But wait a minute. Shouldn't we be taking it more slowly during the heart of the summer, "standing still in the Lord" as it were?
It's hard to put on the brakes, to "let go and let God," even for these few short months. Today's technology makes life more complicated instead of less so. Family responsibilities, bills and other challenges bog us down. Let us pause instead to remember the reassurance Moses received from God in their tent-of-meeting encounter "The Lord answered: I myself will go along, to give you rest." (Exodus 33:14)
From the very first pages of Scripture, we are taught about rest. Our Heavenly Father rested on the seventh day, and that day became holy. In Matthew 11:28, Jesus instructs us to "Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest." To come to Jesus is to believe to the point of sharing our burdens with him.
I pray that you will take some time to rest the remaining part of the summer, enjoying the beauty of nature and allowing this precious time of year to envelop you in God's love. You can feel it as you gaze at the expanse of the ocean, or while sharing a meal at a family reunion, or while stargazing at an outdoor concert. Drink it in, take a rest. God created it all for you!