Reading Mark, one gets the sense of how exhausting ministry must have been for Jesus. This is why he routinely tells people–and even the demons–to keep quiet about his identity: when word gets out–as it inevitably does–he is hounded by the crowds.
I’m not thronged by crowds when I leave the house, and neither are you. But, I do face a challenge Jesus did not face: through the little phone in my pocket and the access it provides to the wider world, millions of people are clamoring for my attention.
If Jesus needed to withdraw to a solitary place to be alone in the mornings, what about us?
(And don’t take your phone with you.)
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