Retreat Reflection on Mark 1:35-39

35 Early in the morning, well before sunrise, Jesus rose and went to a deserted place where he could be alone in prayer. 36 Simon and those with him tracked him down. 37 When they found him, they told him, “ Everyone’s looking for you! ”

38 He replied, “ Let’s head in the other direction, to the nearby villages, so that I can preach there too. That’s why I’ve come. ” 39 He traveled throughout Galilee preaching in their synagogues and throwing out demons.

People seemed puzzled when I tell them I am a priest, because I do not operate out of a church building.  I do not dress like a typical priest, and I do things–needle exchange, hand out food, prepare food–that typical priests do not do.  But I follow in the path of Jesus who travels preaching, for like St. Francis: told us to do: “preach the gospel, using as few as words as possible. That is what I do.

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