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.
Looking around, there is so much to be done to turn this
world back to God. There’s temptation and sin everywhere. As God’s servants, this
load of work may keep us so occupied that we might forget about replenishing
ourselves. So, today, Jesus invites us to eat and rest with Him.
Just as we forget to eat and sleep when we’re too busy
working to meet deadlines or studying for an upcoming exam, we also tend to
forget to eat and rest with the Lord as we become instruments of His work.
Jesus isn’t simply talking about the physical food and sleep we need. He is
talking about spiritual food and rest and that is Jesus Himself who is the bread
of life. When we lack sleep and food, we tend not to function fully at work or
school. Similarly, when we don’t replenish ourselves with God, the fruits we
bear wouldn’t be just as good.
Let us always remember that we are all part of the Work in
Progress inventory of the Lord. He is always working in us to keep making us
better. And though we have enough to share already, there is still more that we
can share if we allow God to fill us more every day. Remember, too, that it is
not just us who need of this food and rest that Jesus is talking about. The
next person you'll see needs it just as much, or even needs it more, so don’t forget to