Wednesday of the Second Week of Advent, December 9
During This Time of the Year, May We Not Become Overwhelmed by the Materialism of the Season, but Rather Allow Our Hearts to Imitate the Heart of Jesus, a Heart Filled With Humility, Meekness and Selfless Love.
Jesus consoles us in today’s Gospel with the words, “Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest.”
I know that I have written about this before, but living out in the real world today is not easy for any of us. And I realize that as parents and grandparents, we continually worry about our children and our grandchildren, and how they will fare in a society which is so egocentric and greed and success-oriented.
Keeping our focus on the teachings of our faith, the teachings of Jesus Christ, is not always easy, especially when we are continuously bombarded with media exposure to all forms of immorality, and when many families are suffering from financial difficulties due to a constantly declining economy in many countries of the world.
As a result, many find themselves in some form of financial distress, and many, even here in the United States, begin to suffer from a very real physical hunger due to the effects of poverty and the growing rate of homelessness.
We look at corruption taking place in many of the world governments, the radical, liberal stances which many of our court systems have embraced, the culture of death which surrounds us with ever increasing numbers of abortions on a worldwide level, and a general lowering of wholesome family values – due, to a certain extent, to a lack of real understanding regarding commitment within marriages, and also due to an ever increasing number of same sex unions and a rewriting of marital law.
Unfortunately, the consequence of all this lends itself to a general lessening in the minds of many of what our Christian faith holds dear – the sanctity of life from the moment of conception in the womb to natural death, and traditional marital unions only between a man and a woman.
And sadly, this is the legacy which many of the world’s societies condone and acknowledge as normal, a legacy which our children and grandchildren will inherit and within which they will have to live – unless a dramatic change of heart is realized in the hearts, minds and souls of our legislative and judicial representatives, and all people in general!
In the midst of all of this, however, it is so important that we, as true disciples of the teachings of our Christian faith, teach our children to stay focused on the ONLY Truth which truly matters in a world which no longer recognizes Divine Truth, a world which constantly repeats the words of Pontius Pilate, “What is truth?”
And this Ultimate of all truths is Jesus Christ! He reaches out to each of us, to both you and me, in today’s Gospel with words of consolation and solace, and His words are timeless, “Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest.”
In a world which is filled with relativism, in a world which is filled with hatred – wherein violence is being fought on the streets of our cities, war is being fought in numerous countries throughout the world, and the constant threats of more violence from various political or religious factions continue to alarm us – the ONLY rest which will truly fill our hearts with a lasting peace is that which comes from Jesus Christ Himself!
And this Evangelization Apostolate of God’s Divine Love and Mercy, with the guidance of God’s grace, will always stand firm in professing the fullness of the ONLY Truth which truly saves, for our eyes should always be focused, not on the here-and-now, but upon all the wonders which truly await the faithful soul!
We even find, in our First Reading today, God speaking to His children, reminding them that “He does not faint nor grow weary, and his knowledge is beyond scrutiny.” God is reminding us that we can lean on Him for our strength, that His shoulders are big enough to handle our greatest concerns or problems.
And the response that He is asking from us is to trust Him so thoroughly that we will be able to relax in Him, confident that He will neither reject us nor forget us – not now, not ever!
During this time of Advent when many of us find ourselves becoming overwhelmed with all the preparations we end up making as we prepare for Christmas Day – house and yard decorations, gift and food shopping, mailing out our Christmas cards, gift wrapping, and the list seems, at times, to be endless – it is so easy for some to lose themselves in the materialism of the holiday, failing to remember that this is a season of hope and expectation.
And that Christmas Day, itself, is a visible sign of God’s Love for you and for me!
When we find ourselves becoming weighed down with the responsibilities of this time of year, the words of our Lord in today’s Gospel seem most appropriate for the “hustle and bustle” of the Christmas season, “Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart; and you will find rest for yourselves.”
This should be a time during which we begin to reflect upon the many blessings which God has given us over the past year. This should be a time when we open our hearts to our fellow brothers and sisters who are not as fortunate as others. And this should be a time when we open our hearts and prepare ourselves for that most wondrous event we shall celebrate in memory just sixteen days from today!
Let us slow down our frantic pace, so that we may better appreciate the awesomeness and the beauty of this Most Holy Season. And may our hearts be opened to the immeasurable wonder of the Eternal Word made flesh who is to be born in our midst, taking upon Himself our human nature in all ways except sin.
For as our Lord encourages us today, “…learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart; and you will find rest for your selves.”
And may we allow our hearts to become likened unto His. †
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Scripture for the Day
- “Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28)
- “Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart; and you will find rest for your selves. For my yoke is easy, and my burden light.” (Matthew 11:29-30)
- “Do you not know? Have you not heard? The LORD is God from of old, creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary, and his knowledge is beyond scrutiny. He gives power to the faint, abundant strength to the weak.” (Isaiah 40:28-29)
- “They that hope in the LORD will renew their strength, they will soar on eagles’ wings; They will run and not grow weary, walk and not grow faint.” (Isaiah 40:31)
- “Bless the LORD, my soul; all my being, bless his holy name! Bless the LORD, my soul; and do not forget all his gifts.” (Psalm 103:1-2)
- “This is the day the LORD has made; let us rejoice in it and be glad…Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good, his mercy endures forever.” (Psalm 118:24, 29)
- “For by the grace given to me I tell everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than one ought to think, but to think soberly, each according to the measure of faith that God has apportioned.” (Romans 12:3)
- “Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, heartfelt compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.” (Colossians 3:12)
- “Humble yourselves before the Lord and he will exalt you.” (James 4:10)
- “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven…Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the land.” (Matthew 5:3, 5)
Prayer for the Day
“Lord Jesus Christ, I pray that You may fortify me
with the grace of Your Holy Spirit,
and give Your peace to my soul,
that I may be free from all needless anxiety and worry.
“Help me to desire always that
which is pleasing and acceptable to You,
so that Your will may be my will.
“Grant that I may be free from unholy desires,
and that, for Your Love, I may remain
obscure and unknown in this world,
to be known only to You.
“Do not permit me to attribute to myself
the good that You perform in me and through me,
but rather, referring all honor to You,
may I admit only to my infirmities.
“So that, renouncing sincerely all vainglorySaint Frances Cabrini
which comes from the world,
I may aspire to that true and lasting glory
that comes only from You. Amen.”