“Then he made the disciples get into the boat and go before him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowds. And after he had dismissed the crowds, he went up on the mountain by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone…” (Mt 14: 22-23)
Did our Lord Jesus Christ “need” to go up on a mountain, and be “by himself to pray”? – As God, no, He did not have need of anything. But as far as His human nature is concerned, – yes, He did, because alone-time with God is a vital part of human being, or of being human. As Christ shows us what it means to be truly human, we see here that part of our process, of “becoming human” in Christ, involves finding alone-time with God.This summer, if I have the luxury of taking a vacation, and don’t have small children (in which case my vacation-time is not exactly a “luxury”), let me not over-fill my vacation-schedule with various activities, and carve out some time for prayer and reflection. If my busy work-schedule has led me to fall out of the habit of making time for solitary prayer, my vacation might be a good opportunity to re-think my time-management. It’s just a thought, my friends. Happy Sunday!