Fr Thomas’ Reflection for the 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time


I had to drop my holiday plans because of the ‘stay at home orders’. Holidays improve the efficiency of the ministry. So, what do you do when you are asked to retreat to the wilderness of a lockdown? I find Mark 6:30-34 a good guide for me to navigate through the current reality that is biting me and many others in Sydney.

When the disciples shared their success stories of their mission tour, Jesus called them to have a break, some time off from their busy life. Anyone can appreciate the need for a proper break away from work and mission. But what happened to the disciples on their holidays is remarkable. Jesus followed them on their holidays. Where Jesus is, we see the people reaching out for his Word and his mercy. In other words, even in their holidays, the disciples experience prayer. I say this because prayer by definition is listening to God’s Word and seeking his mercy. It is comforting to know that Jesus Christ does not neglect those who seek him; He is always there to minister even in the wilderness of ‘stay at home orders’.

You may be required to take a break from your routine Church practices and your ministries. That means you need to find new schedules and ways of seeking God. What have you done so far to maintain your connection with God? What are the new ways of praying you have embraced to suit this time isolation?