The Gospel account today tells us that, after Jesus cured the sick and drove out demons, “Rising very early before dawn, he left and went off to a deserted place, where he prayed.” What a wonderful example this is for all of us, in light of the many who live a hectic schedule day by day.
While it is true that God is everywhere and that we can pray anywhere, it is still a good idea to have a special place to which we can withdraw from time to time. Such a place provides a unique atmosphere which seems to be pervaded with the Divine Presence.
Also, in such places we find ourselves being different, too. We are calmer, more relaxed, quieter, and are more open to what God is offering us. Such a place offers us the opportunity not only to speak to God, but more importantly, to listen to what God has to say to us. In your sacred space you not only find God but find yourself.
Each one of us is in need of such a space. It is absolutely necessary if we want to have an inner life. The further we get into it, the more we will be at peace with whatever happens. Jesus knew of his need for it. May we recognize our need as well.
I would like to take this opportunity to ask the men in the parish to consider participating in the Men’s Retreat to be held at the Jesuit Retreat House in Oshkosh, February 22-25. This is an excellent opportunity to get away to that quiet place for rest, prayer, and refreshment of body, mind, and spirit. Please see the bulletin for more details.
I invite all parishioners to consider participating in the “Life in the Spirit Seminar” to be held at St. Joseph on March 2 and 3. This is an excellent opportunity to get to know the Holy Spirit in a deeper and more profound way, and to experience what the Holy Spirit desires to offer you in your life.
We also have a variety of small groups that offer opportunities to get-away to that quiet space and pray. You may want to check one out.
Jesus shows us that it is vitally important for us to make time to be alone with God. When we don’t, it is no wonder that so many get trapped in a pace of life that has them going around in circles. The Gospel tells us that one day after the disciples had returned from being out on a mission, realizing that they were tired, he said to them, “Come away by yourselves to a deserted place and rest awhile.” May we heed the words of the Master so as to have a healthy balance in our lives.
— Fr. Dennis, February 4, 2018