Wednesday of the Second Week in Advent
Malvern Minute

 

Wednesday of the Second Week in Advent

December 11, 2019

Deacon Anthony J. Cincotta

Assistant Director for Retreat Ministry

 

Memorial Feast:  Pope, Saint Damasus I (C.305-384) – Patron of Archaeologists

Isaiah 40:25-31

Psalm 103

Matthew 11:28-30

I’m sure you’ve heard the saying that goes something like this, “Stop the world, I want to get off.”  In our fast paced modern world, many of us sometimes share that sentiment.  The approach of Christmas can unfortunately be an especially hectic and busy time.  We can be so wrapped up in the commercial aspects of the holiday season that we find it very difficult to focus on the true meaning of Christmas.  In today’s Gospel Jesus has a message for those of us who feel like this.

Our Lord gives us a timeless message that is just as valuable for us as it was for the crowds who first heard it over 2000 years ago.  Jesus said, “Come to me all you who labor and are burdened.”  And that includes most of us who live in the fast paced world I mentioned earlier.  Jesus is giving all of us who feel overwhelmed an invitation to “come to Him.” 

If we come to Him, Jesus promises to give us rest.  He will refresh us in body, mind and spirit.  Even if we come to Him for only a very short time, Jesus will give us rest and renew our spirits for the labors and burdens of the day.

Our Lord further tells us that we should take up His yoke because His yoke is easy and His burden is light.  We may wonder how a yoke can be easy or a burden light.  In answer to that question we can look to world famous Boys Town in Omaha, Nebraska.  On the grounds at Boys Town is a statue of a teenage boy carrying a younger boy on his back.  The inscription reads, “He ain’t heavy father he’s my brother.”  To me that tells us that a burden isn’t as heavy when it’s taken up and carried with love.  I think that Jesus is telling us that bearing a heavy burden with love makes the burden much lighter.

  As Christmas approaches and our burdens are heavy maybe we can find a few minutes each day to come to Jesus and express our love to Him.  If we do that, we have the promise of Jesus that our burdens will seem lighter and easier to bear.   

Question of the Day:  Will you offer your “burdens” to Jesus and ask HIM to lighten them?

Prayer:  “Lord, you alone rule over creation.  When the winds of life wear me out, help me know you are there to strengthen me.  In my powerlessness, help me turn to you.  Send forth your Spirit to help me persevere and to trust in the beauty beyond the pain.”  (Taken from “Daily Reflections for Advent and Christmas – Waiting in Joyful Hope 2019 – 2020,” by Daniel G. Groody, CSC)

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