We have read in Matthew and in Mark that Jesus sometime withdrew to a “solitary place” for personal prayer and time of contemplation. And today we see another example He sets for us – at times we may also need to withdraw with others for a time of study — a retreat of sorts:
Mark 9: 30 They left that place and passed through Galilee. Jesus did not want anyone to know where they were, 31 because he was teaching his disciples. He said to them, “The Son of Man is going to be delivered into the hands of men. They will kill him, and after three days he will rise.” 32 But they did not understand what he meant and were afraid to ask him about it.