When the disciples returned from their mission, so many people were after them, that Jesus took the disciples with him to be alone and quiet. Here we see what might be called the rhythm of the Christian life. For the Christian, life is a continuous going into the presence of God from the presence of the world, and coming out into the presence of the world from the presence of God. It is like the rhythm of sleep and work. We cannot work efficiently or well unless we have enough sleep. Sleep will not be sound unless we have worked well and long.
This rhythm reveals two dangers in life. There is the danger of having a too active life. And, there is the danger that in all this activity, we could lose our way home. No person can work without rest and no Christian can rest unless he gives himself to God.
So the question remains for us, when? If we are doing and going all the time, when is there time for God? Do we spend enough time learning how to settle down and listen; to become familiar with the voice of God?
Certainly, we have gathered here as a parish to spend time quietly before God and to worship Him together. And this is a good thing. The Gospel is a warning for our children and us; that we will become like sheep without a shepherd and forget what the voice of God sounds like and will become restless.
The wonderful psalm says, “Be still and know that I am God.” I believe there are quiet places and times still to be found. Jesus leaves it to us to find them and discover the rest we need to live a truly Christian life.