Homily for Saturday of the 4th Week in Ordinary Time Year A
Theme: Invitation to rest.
By: Fr. Benny Tuazon
Homily for Saturday, February 9 2019
(Mk. 6:30-34) Saturday of the Fourth Week in Ordinary Time
In today’s Gospel Jesus welcomes His apostles with an invitation to rest. They just came from a successful mission of preaching and healing. Jesus knew too well that it was not a walk in the park to be sent and proclaim the Good News. His apostles were human and not machines. He told them to give their bodies and minds an opportunity to rest, refresh, and recharge for the next missions.
Even God rested on the seventh day after creating everything. It was an occasion to marvel at His work..it was not a selfish admiration but an appreciation of the beauty of creation. He was happy to have created man in His image and likeness. He was happy to share life with all creation. God was a generous God. He wanted creation to enjoy the beauty of life.
Our faith provides us with a lot of meaningful rests. We have breaks during the day. We have days off during the week. We are encouraged to attend monthly recollections and retreats. We have Lent and Advent during the year. We have holidays on significant days. They are days of rest and reflection. While we give our bodies a chance to gather strength, we fill our souls with moments and learnings from our past. Socrates said, “An unreflected life is not worth living.” One should always take time to pause and look back, look now, and look forward. It will help us to change what we must change and plan for the next chapter of our lives.
I always remind myself that God is still alive and acting. At times, a priest like me maybe so absorbed with apostolate that we come to believe everything depends on us or that we can save the world. When we behave that way, we will become so tired that the quality of our thinking and actions will be greatly affected, diluted, and without direction. I have learned my lesson. Now, I take my day off seriously. God had made me realize that even when I am resting, I am still acting. Resting is part of being an effective pastor. I realize that I am more persuasive, collected, sharp, effective, and happy doing my ministry when I had rested.
The faithful is also encouraged to do the same. Now, even Sundays had become a day of work. Reason? They need to support their family. The demand had become to high that they had to work even on a Sunday. Some complained that their work had been taking its toll on their bodies. They long for rest. They long to have a time out. They should! If they would not, their health and even their lives will be in danger. The goal is to live long enough to serve your family and those who rely on you. What good will your produce be if you can just serve for a while?
That is why I hope parishioners will understand if their pastor takes some rests for some time. If Jesus saw the need to send His apostles to have a retreat to some deserted place, why can’t His priests and Church servants do too?