Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Reflection: Matthew 11:28-30

Wednesday of the Second Week of Advent – Matthew 11:28-30

This Gospel is one of my favorite Scripture passages.  In this reading Jesus invites “all who are weary and burdened” to come to Him.  Jesus promises that if we come to Him, He will give us “rest.”  And the rest He gives will renew and restore us.  

Ask yourself: What in your life “wearies” you?  What wears you down or exhausts you?  What do you need “rest” from?  It might be worry about your loved ones, health concerns, financial concerns, feeling overwhelmed by your responsibilities or perhaps you feel alone.  I assume that many of us are weary to some degree.  What do we do at these times?  How do we handle the weariness?  Do we carry our burdens alone?  Or do we take our burdens, anxiety and weariness to Jesus and ask Him for the grace and rest that we need?  

It would be wonderful if simply taking our worries and weariness to Jesus immediately and magically made everything right again.However, we know from experience that this typically doesn’t happen.  Our concerns or worries may still be with us.  However, if we bring them to Jesus, He will grace us with the strength we need to keep going and also to keep hoping.  The question may be: do we truly trust Jesus?  

Today ask yourself: what concerns, worries or anxieties are on my mind today?  Then I invite you to sit quietly with Jesus for a few minutes.  Just simply “be” with Him.  You don’t need to say anything since Jesus already knows what you are thinking and feeling.  Place your anxieties, fears or worries in His hands.  Simply spending time with Him will give you “rest”  and it also lightens your burden.  Trust Him!  Jesus is waiting for you!

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