Meeting in the Desert - Episode 29
Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house, and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed. Simon and his companions went to look for him, and when they found him, they exclaimed: “Everyone is looking for you!” Jesus replied, “Let us go somewhere else—to the nearby villages—so I can preach there also. That is why I have come.” So he traveled throughout Galilee, preaching in their synagogues and driving out demons.
MARK 1, 35-39 (NIV)
Today, the Evangelist Mark presents us with an image of Jesus who behaves a bit differently than most of us early in the morning. Instead of succumbing to the mundane rituals of morning startup, He chooses something much more refreshing for the soul – prayer in solitude. Let's consider for a moment; the world is still shrouded in darkness, and yet Jesus is already on His feet. There is no crowd around Him, no entourage, not even the apostles – those reliable companions who sometimes get lost even in the shortest of parables. It is just Him, silence, and prayer. Jesus proves that He does not need an audience to secure what is necessary – the reliable connection with the Father.