There was a man named Barry who woke up one drizzly morning and went for a walk by himself in the woods. He thought of a time when he was young when he saw his grandfather walk alone in those same woods.
When his grandfather returned, Barry asked him where he had been. His grandfather told him if he ever felt lonely, he should go for a walk in the woods. He should be quiet and do whatever he felt moved to do, by kneeling down and laying his hands flat against the earth. Barry did what his grandfather told him. He felt renewed and recharged.
Today’s gospel indicates that Jesus used to go off by Himself to pray. One reason Jesus did this was the same reason why Barry used to do it: to renew and recharge himself.
Jesus’s work made Him very tired, just like our work can do to us. That’s why we need to do what Jesus did and recharge ourselves. Maybe we can’t do this by going off alone into the woods or even by going off alone into a quiet part of our house.
But we can do something. We can at least pause momentarily. During the course of our day, we can take a little break from our busy schedule. We can get in touch with God for a moment. We can get renewed and recharged by listening to God’s Voice in our hearts.
Thank you very much to all of our Parishioners who donated to the Christmas collection. We have received $35,647.40 to date.
I would also like to thank everyone who contributed to the Flower Memorials. All contributions continue to help us give the best care to St. Joseph Parish.
Sincerely in Christ,