He went off to a deserted place, where he prayed. The Gospel that we have for this Sunday describes a typically busy day for Jesus. After curing the man with an unclean spirit in the synagogue of Capernaum, he heals Peter’s mother-in-law, cures many others who are sick, and drives out demons. The following day, he again goes about preaching in synagogues and driving out many more demons.
But here is the most important part of the day for Jesus- note how very early in the morning he goes to a deserted place to pray alone. Jesus is never too busy to pray. After a tiring day, he makes time for intimate conversation with God. In prayer, Jesus is able to draw renewed strength from his Father.
Brothers and sisters, let us follow the example of our Lord. Let us not be too busy to be alone with God in prayer. Let us receive the necessary grace we need so that we can be strengthened in our day to day lives that can really be very busy and tiring. We have a lot of schedules; let us not forget the most important one – a schedule for prayers at the beginning of the day and at the very end before we rest for the night.
In Christ, Fr. Maro