.Jesus said to the apostles, “Come away by yourselves to a deserted place and rest awhile.”
Cele Breen gives a brief reflection on this passage in Celebration.
Where is the deserted place that Jesus invited you to come away to in today’s Gospel? It may be a very ordinary space like the porch or the bench under a tree in the park or the backyard. Often, what makes the space deserted is the time of day – either early morning, during a child’s nap time or later at night. It is likely that we have to create the deserted quality by turning off phones and other devices.
It is not surprising that there is a little twist in the Gospel. When Jesus and the disciples reach their deserted place, the crowd is already there waiting for them. This requires patience and resolve: patience with the crowd and resolve to keep creating deserted places.
Summer Gatherings: There has been information in the bulletin about our Summer Gatherings this year. With the help of our presenter, Dr. Charles Rhodes, we will be taking a modern look at prayer. This weekend and next you will have an opportunity to sign up for the gatherings on July 30, 31, & August 1. Even if you are not able to attend every evening, I encourage you to come when you can. We begin with a simple meal at 6:30 PM. The presentation will begin at 7:00 PM and end at 8:30 PM.
You will also notice that we have an offering for children at the same time. Our hope is that parents will take advantage of the offering on prayer while their children attend the Children’s Summer Gathering.
Precious Blood Renewal Center offers opportunities for spiritual development on a regular basis. One that is coming up is for Veterans. It is entitled: “A Day of Reflection for Veterans: We were called to serve then & now. Come Explore How.” The retreat is Saturday, August 4th, 8:30 AM – 6:30 PM. Suggested donation: $40.00 (includes lunch and dinner). Register by July 28th by calling 816-415-3745 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The Precious Blood Renewal Center is located at 2130 St. Gaspar Way, Liberty, MO 64068.
Below is the quote from Marianne Williamson that I used in my homily a couple of weeks ago.
Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. . . . You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others. 
 Marianne Williamson, A Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of a Course in Miracles (Harper Collins: 1992), 190-191.