“Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved. http://www.usccb.org/bible/approved-translations
Jesus invites all who are burdened and labor to come to me and rest. Let’s face it—each of us, especially at this time of year, could certainly use more rest. The days are shorter, the nights longer, and the allure of our blankets on cold mornings is hard to resist. One Sunday my three year old son, Ian, was accompanying me up to receive Communion. He noticed the slow and deliberate pace of the line and loudly shouted “Come on everybody, let’s get moving for Jesus!” I reflected (after my initial embarrassment!) that he was right. We all should be moving to Jesus and not motivated by the hectic pace of the season.
In what ways are you moving towards Jesus, especially at this time of year when the yoke of the world—the pressure to rush, to consume, to decorate and to eat can seem overwhelming?
—Julianne Stanz is a speaker, writer and mother of two, originally from Ireland, and Director of the New Evangelization for the Diocese of Green Bay.
Lord, we pray for the grace to experience the newness of life in you. When we empty ourselves of all that puts us at a distance from you – carrying our burden by ourselves, staring at the loss in our life and looking past so many blessings, depleting our energy by putting ourselves last or engaging in the black hole of negative conversation – we simply cannot celebrate the newness of life in you.
With profound gratitude, Lord, we place our life totally into your hands, and we know that your divine spark will deepen the significance of our day.
—The Jesuit Prayer Team
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