The Moment In Between

The Moment In Between

BY SOFIA ESTRADA | February 5, 2024
Sunday’s Readings

Although not the main focus of this reflection, I want to take a moment to acknowledge the use of healing language in this gospel story. May we continue to recognize and reconcile the ways we are complicit in stories that perpetuate violence and continue to work diligently and courageously to spread justice and love to all people. Amen.

In this Gospel, we witness Jesus spending all day working—performing miracles, being present with a whole town. He then rises early, before dawn, to a deserted place, after what we can only imagine was a very full day of physical, spiritual, and emotional work.

It’s not often I relate with Jesus’ ministry, but in this moment I feel for him deeply. Running around from job to task, to errand, to chore, to work. I feel committed to all the people I have worked with and for. Yet, I inevitably have felt pulled beyond what my human body could do. So I feel Jesus deeply in this moment when he tries to reset, perhaps to realign himself with God or his vocation, only to be pursued by his friends and told by Simon “everyone is looking for you.”

The Moment In Between

Jesus simply responds “Let us go on to the neighboring towns… for that is what I came out to do.”

How does he do this? How does he go from finding refuge in a deserted place to recommitting to his ministry? 

I think the key to this Gospel story is the space between the two lines: 

Simon and those who were with him pursued him

and on finding him said, “Everyone is looking for you.” 

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He told them, “Let us go on to the neighboring towns, 

What happens here in this bracket?

In my imagination, Jesus is sitting under a tree. He looks down at his hands, taking in his body on the ground, perhaps even brushing the ground a few times, dirtying his hands. Perhaps he feels the irregularity of the bark pattern along his spine, keeping him upright, and the warm breeze shifting his hair. It is then that he responds: “let us go.”

Take a moment to imagine what happens for you in this pause. What brings us from moments of despair, or exhaustion, into moments of ministry? Is it community or laughter? Is it sleep? Is it a pump up song? Remember there is no right or wrong answer. What bridges these two moments in your imagination and in your body?

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  1. Dr. Eileen Quinn Knight
    Dr. Eileen Quinn Knight says:

    The Space Between the Lines

    Sunday, I was in Church welcoming the people from the OCIA group. They greeted me and told of the story of their week. Some people were getting ready for marriage, some were worried about their families and other family concers, some were just full of joy at finding out about this program and joining. While I was standing there talking a woman from the book club (Come Forth) came up and wanted to speak with me.The idea of the pause came into my mind and I asked the Holy Spirit to direct me.I took a moment and turned to listen to her. She related something that was puzzling her and I encouraged and comforted her in the best way the Spirit directed me. She understood and walked to where she was going.I returned to the OCIA group.The pause was full of Christ’s empathetic love..

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