A ‘typical day’ in the ministry of Jesus
Mark chapter 1 continues at breakneck speed following Jesus on a typical day of ministry in Galilee – or so St Mark would have us believe.
After a busy day of teaching, healing and exorcism Jesus needs space for prayer, evaluation and refreshment. The first disciples, however, have other plans. They ‘hunt’ Jesus down and tempt him to linger in Capernaum and consolidate his popularity there. How easily it could all have come undone there. Jesus resists – “Let us go on to the neighbouring towns, so that I may proclaim the message there also; for that is what I came out to do.”
Jesus knows and is committed to the ‘big picture’ of his ministry. He refuses to let the ‘good’ defeat the ‘best’. He was free enough to not need to respond to every need that was placed before him. He also knew that he had to exercise what today is called ‘self-care’.
(See the references to retreat options in the latest TMA.)