Wednesday of the Second Week of Advent
Memorial Feast: Saint Juan Diego Cuauhtlatoatzin (1474-1548) Patron Saint of Indigenous Peoples
Book of the Prophet Isaiah 40-25-31; Psalm 103:1-4, 8, 10; Matthew 11:28-30
Jesus said to the crowds, “Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give your rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart; and you will find rest for yourself. For my yoke is easy, and my burden light.” (Mt. 11:28-30)
Friends, if we stop to reflect during this time before Christmas, we may be filled with with many concerns. Concerns about how much there is to get done, struggles within our family, worries about our financial or employment situation, the loss of someone dear, COVID-19, praying for freedom from addiction for ourselves or another, social injustice, and being safe in our own community.
I invite you to take the words of Jesus in today’s Gospel seriously. These words are more than comforting. They are words that are designed to challenge us and speak the deep truth of the Advent message regarding what His coming fully means.
May I suggest that you take some time today to pray and include what you find burdensome? Often we will pray with deep, personal concerns, and as we pray to God with these concerns, a deeper spiritual pain can surface in us. Then we remember, “Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart.”
Jesus’ emphasis here is on gentleness and humility. He asks us to assume the posture of a child, to come to Him with all of our burdens, and to place them all on Him. When you pray, ask Him if you have taken on any false burdens. Do not try to figure it out on your own. He will reveal it to you in His gentleness. Through the Sacrament of Reconciliation or by placing this burden on the altar to be transformed, we become transformed and are freed from the heavy loads that concern us.
Today’s Gospel narrative reveals to us the truth of the Christmas message: Jesus comes into our deeply personal struggles and pains to relieve us, to set us free, and to bring us and those we love to the fullness of life with Him forever.
Question of the Day: By what methods will you ask Jesus to ease the burdens in
your life—Reconciliation, Holy Mass, Adoration, Contemplative prayer?
Prayer: “In your strength, O Lord, the just one rejoices; how greatly your salvation makes him glad! You have granted him his soul’s desire. (Psalm 21)