Matthew 14:13: When Jesus heard of it (the death of John the Baptist), he withdrew in a boat to a deserted place by himself.
In this excerpt from the Gospel Reading from today’s Mass (18th Sunday in Ordinary Time) Jesus was saddened by the death of John the Baptist. the Son of God felt the loss of His cousin and grieved. He needed to withdraw, be alone and more than likely spent the time in prayer and meditation.
The fact that Jesus needed to grieve over His loss is a hope to those of us who have lost loved ones to the separation of death. We are not alone, in what can be the loneliest of times for those who continue on.Know someone, perhaps yourself, who might like Catholic devotionals for alcoholics? Please take a look at my books! (Thank you!!)"The Stations of the Cross for Alcoholics"