16th Sunday Ordinary Time Year B

“Come away to a quiet place” (Mk. 6: 31 )

For many, our lives are often like an over-packed suitcase.

It seems like we are always busy, always over-pressured, always one phone call, one text message, one email, one visit, and one task behind.

We are forever anxious about what we have still left undone, about whom we have disappointed, about unmet expectations.

At times we can feel as if we are on a treadmill from which we would want to step off.

And within all that busyness, pressure, noise, and tiredness there is, in us, an urge, a desire for solitude.

We long for some quiet, restful place where all the pressure and noise will stop, and we can sit and simply rest.

That is a healthy yearning.

It is our soul speaking.

Like our body, our soul too keeps trying to tell us what it needs. The soul needs solitude.

But solitude is not easy to find. Why?

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