Wednesday of the Second Week of Advent
Malvern Minute


Wednesday of the Second Week of Advent

December 9, 2020

Deacon Anthony J. Cincotta

Saint Mary Magdalen Parish, Media, PA


Memorial Fest:  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 you and I stop to reflect in this time before Christmas, we may answer this question with a number of concerns; concerns about how much there is to get done, struggles within our family, personal worry about our financial or employment situation, the loss of someone dear to us, 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.  The words in Matthew’s Gospel speak the deep truth of this Advent message of what His coming fully means.

            May I suggest that you take some time today to pray with what you find burdensome.  Often we will pray with the deep, personal concerns that I have already mentioned, and as we pray to God with these concerns, a deeper spiritual pain can surface for 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, as He did, the posture of a child, to come to Him with all of our burdens and to place them all on Him.  When we 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 Reconciliation or the placing of this burden on the altar to be transformed, you and I and everyone become transformed and are freed from the heavy burdens that concern us.

            Today’s Gospel narrative reveals to us the truth of the Christmas message: that Jesus has come into our deeply personal struggles and pains to relieve us, to set us free, and to bring us and those we love to fullness of life with Him forever.

Question of the Day:  How 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.)


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