SOLITUDE


“And after he had dismissed the crowds, he went up the mountain by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone…” (Mt 14:23)

Did Jesus really “need” solitude, at the top of a mountain, to pray? As Son of God, One of the Holy Trinity, I presume He was in constant communion with the Father and the Holy Spirit. But He did take on my humanity, in all its entirety, and here He demonstrates a very human need: to take time out for solitary prayer, at some appropriate place (in this case, an unspecified mountaintop).

I need to remember this need, among my other needs: I need occasional solitude, and an appropriate place or places, specifically “to pray,” to have a conversation with God. In the present-day it is especially easy for me to forget this human need, because I can take my mobile device anywhere, and be “connected” to everyone else.

Today I shut off my connection to everyone else, for just a bit of time after I wake up, to connect with Him in prayer, and in some quiet reading of His word. Because He showed me that to do so, in solitude, is human.

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