Jesuit Catholic University
in Omaha, Nebraska, since 1878
Reflections on the Daily Readings
from the Perspective of Creighton Students
February 8th, 2014
Bio| Email: BenDellaria@creighton.edu
As I was praying with this passage, Jesus made it clear to me that he loves each individual in the way that person needs to be loved. There is not one generic answer for what each person needs at any given time, and Jesus sees that and loves us as we need.
As the disciples are telling Jesus the tales of their missions, I can see Jesus being so proud of each one of them and at the same time he sees that this work has made them tired. He responds by offering them to "Come away by yourselves to a deserted place and rest a while." After all their hard work, they needed time to rest and receive God's love before they would be able to do anything further and Jesus does his best to make this space.
As Jesus makes it to the other shore he is caught up in all the people that are yearning for his love and truth. It is not rest that these people need, but to be filled with God's love and to be led toward. So instead to this group of people he "began to teach them many things." Jesus knows the needs of the people and meets them where they are at.
Jesus is doing this day in and day out. He knows what we need. He knows how to love us. We need to be open to receive this love on a daily basis. This is not passive, but truly an active process where we extend our hands and ask to receive the gifts that God desires to give to us. Let us ask to receive God's personal love for us today.
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