“A few years ago, in his Easter Vigil homily, Pope Francis invited all of us to return to Galilee – that is to say, to our first encounter with Jesus, to that time when our faith was young, to that place in our life when we were first conscious of our calling to follow Christ in love and to embrace a specific vocation. To use the Pope’s own words, ‘To go to Galilee means something beautiful; it means re-discovering our baptism as a living fountainhead, drawing new energy from the sources of our Christian faith and our Christian experience.’
“In the Gospel we meet the newly called apostles in Galilee itself. Here we find Jesus in the process of forming them as disciples. They witness his preaching and miracles; they listen as he instructs them in private; but Jesus also sends them out long before their formation is complete. Yet they go in his name and in his power – and like Jesus – accomplish great things. People have begun to seek them out just as they sought out Jesus. So, they return to Lord, excited, full of enthusiasm, anxious to report to him ‘all that they had done and taught’ . . . and what was Jesus’ response? Jesus did not say to them, please turn in your reflection papers on your pastoral experience by 5:00 p.m. so that we can analyze the quality of your interaction with God’s people. No, he said something very different: ‘Come away by yourselves to a deserted place and rest awhile.’ It is on this one line in our readings that I would like to dwell for a few minutes.”
Read the complete homily HERE.