The twelve in this gospel are called the apostles, which means 'one who is sent'. By the virtue of our baptism, we are all called to become disciples of Jesus to be sent out as apostles with the mission to preach the love of God.
In the gospel, Jesus affirms the importance of resting and renewal so that we can do our mission with passion and dedication. Jesus wants us to come away and spend time alone with him. This, my brothers and sisters, is what we seek and will find in our prayer life, and especially in our celebration of the Eucharist.
In this Fifteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time, let us come away with Jesus in a very special way - in the altar of His sacrifice. Renewed by His own Body and Blood, may we go out into the world preaching the great love of God, and His mercy and compassion to all those we encounter.