Posted February 8, 2014 by FLL Editorial Team in
 
 

The Duty of the Moment

那時,宗徒們聚集到耶穌跟前,將他們所作所教的一切,都報告給耶穌。耶穌向他們說:「你們來,私下到荒野的地方去休息一會兒!」這是因為來往的人很多,以致他們連吃飯的功夫也沒有。他們便乘船私下往荒野的地方去了。人看見他們走了。許多人也知道他們要去的地方,便從各城徒步,一起往那裏奔走,且在他們以先到了。耶穌一下船,看見一大夥群眾,就對他們動了憐憫的心,因為他們好像沒有牧人的羊,遂開口教訓他們許多事。
馬爾谷福音 6:30-34

這天的福音提到宗徒們被派遣出外回來,聚集到耶穌跟前。我們可以想像到他們興奮雀躍,把在外面做過的事一一告訴耶穌。宗徒們大概因驅魔和治病的能力而大受群眾歡迎,這為他們是一個誘惑。他們連吃飯的時間也沒有,因此耶穌叫他們退到荒野地方去休息。

當耶穌和宗徒們乘船到達對岸時,一大夥群眾卻徒步到了同一地方,更在他們以先到了。在適當的時間靜下來默想、祈禱,對每個人都是必要的。然而,當耶穌看到群眾時,動了憐憫的心,祂雖然知道自己和宗徒們需要靜下來,但祂更看到眼前的群眾的需要–他們就像需要牧人的羊。

耶穌向我們示範了生活需要的平衡。正如祂會在適當時候退到荒野裡去,祂也叫門徒退下來反省一下他們所做的事。同時,在本篇福音的情況下,耶穌注意到人們需要祂的回應,祂打消退下來反省的念頭而去服侍群眾的需要。讓我們學習用心辨別天主在每一刻需要我們做的事。

這篇默想由生命恩泉文摘編輯小組撰寫,內容以下列文章為根據: Saturday of week 4 of Ordinary Time – Gospel

The Apostles gathered together with Jesus and reported all they had done and taught. He said to them, “Come away by yourselves to a deserted place and rest a while.” People were coming and going in great numbers, and they had no opportunity even to eat. So they went off in the boat by themselves to a deserted place. People saw them leaving and many came to know about it. They hastened there on foot from all the towns and arrived at the place before them.

When Jesus disembarked and saw the vast crowd, his heart was moved with pity for them, for they were like sheep without a shepherd; and he began to teach them many things.
Mark 6:30-34

In this Gospel reading, we read that after being sent on a mission by Jesus, the apostles gathered together with Him. We could imagine they were excited and wanted to tell Jesus about all they had done. This could have been a time of temptation as the apostles gained fame and popularity for what they had done. They did not even have time to eat, so Jesus asked them to go to a deserted place to rest.

When Jesus and the apostles got off the boat, they found the crowd hastened there on foot and arrived before them. While it is important to have moments of silence to reflect and pray, when Jesus saw the crowd, He realized a greater need for them who were in need of a shepherd.

Jesus showed us the importance of balance in our lives. He urged the apostles to withdraw and reflect on the meaning of what they were doing, just as He did Himself. At the same time, in this particular situation, Jesus recognized the people’s need which called for His response. He changed His play and served their need. Let us learn to carefully discern what God calls us to do at every moment.

This reflection is prepared by the FLL Inspire editorial team as a digest of the following article: Saturday of week 4 of Ordinary Time – Gospel


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