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Wednesday of the Twenty-second Week in Ordinary Time
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At daybreak, Jesus left and went to a deserted place. The crowds went looking for him, and when they came to him, they tried to prevent him from leaving them. But he said to them, “To the other towns also I must proclaim the good news of the Kingdom of God, because for this purpose I have been sent.”
Jesus went to a deserted place. It was time to get away.
Where do you go? Where is your deserted place? For the Lord, He would often get away early in the morning. He would go alone. He would often go to the mountains. Being alone is an important part of getting away. Doing it early in the morning is essential. Seeing things above sea level is a good idea.
Do you have a place to go. If not, then start thinking about one. I know some families that have built a chapel in their closet! Interesting…
But if it were up to me, I would build a small “observatory” on my roof. I would have a bed, a chair, a desk, and, of course, a telescope up there. If I had children, I would allow them to spend the night up there; one person at a time, to reflect on the heavens and to mediate on life. I guarantee you they would finally learn how to think and how to pray. I am certain the child that came down from there would be different from the one that went up there. They would be transfigured. A beautiful glow would surround them. Their eyes would be awakened to the enormity and complexity of life. Their wisdom would go beyond their age. Their young faces would disguise their adulthood.
Find a place today. It’s so important to get away.
Proclaim the Good News. The Good News is the Truth, the Truth of Jesus Christ. The mystery of our existence has been revealed to us by Jesus Christ. We were created in the image and likeness of God who is Love. Is there any wonder why our greatest desire is to love and be loved? Not anymore! Now it is time for us to go deeper in this Truth.
The Lord is waiting to be discovered. Actually, he has revealed himself to us and is waiting for us to notice Him in the midst of our friends, neighbors and strangers. Let’s take some time out of our busy schedule to get away, to be alone, and to meditate on the stars in the heavens that are a dim reflection of his children on earth. (76)