Mass Readings: 1 Kings 19:9a,11-13a/Romans 9:1-5/Matthew 14:22-33

God Alone

The idea of solitude has appealed to me ever since I was a little child. I had two sisters and a brother, but playing in the dirt by myself on a sunny morning was like heaven. As I got older I would go to our farm pond and fish for hours—and be alone with my thoughts. Today I go to the “quietest place on the face of the earth” whenever I can: the Trappist Abbey of Gethsemani, about an hour and a half from home.

Jesus, of course, experienced the real Gethsemane, where He truly did feel alone and abandoned. And yet, as in today’s Gospel, Jesus liked to be alone to pray. There’s something very soothing to us over-busy folks when we hear the words about Jesus on the mountain: “when it was evening he was there alone.”

Prayer: Dearest Jesus, bring peace to our sometimes too-busy, too-crowded lives.