Wednesday of the 2nd Week of Advent
Happy birthday to my mommy! And a blessed feast day of St Juan Diego – especially awesome because the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe is only three days away!
1st Reading – Is 40:25-31
Psalm 103:1-2, 3-4, 8 and 10 O bless the Lord, my soul!
Gospel Mt 11:28-30
Jesus said to the crowds:
“Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened,
and I will give you rest.
Take my yoke upon you and learn from me,
for I am meek and humble of heart;
and you will find rest for yourselves.
For my yoke is easy, and my burden light.”
Today’s Gospel reading is very short, but that hardly matters. This whole reading is the most comforting or comfort foods. I have read this promise so many times: in times of great stress, in times of sadness, in times of feeling overwhelmed.
I have been fan of social media. I love technology and I love the ease at which we can communicate with one another. Not that it is without its problems or pitfalls. But still, the fact remains that it takes mere seconds to text my son who is over 1,000 miles away; or, I can remain connected to college friends and watch their families grow. It can be a wonderful thing.
But not lately. Lately – particularly this year – social media has felt so cruel. A stressful year with a pandemic and an election and a host of other things has shown people whom I have considered friends saying cruel things about and to other people – about many different issues, and representing every side. The “other side” is always the bad guy. It is okay to say sarcastic or mean things, because it isn’t to anyone’s face – you aren’t looking into the face of a friend – and you feel justified for such behavior because you are full of righteous self-righteousness! It has been hard to not feel sad. Mob mentality – not matter what mob you belong to – is not a kind thing.
But I hear Jesus say, “Come unto me, all you who are weary; all you who carry heavy hearts; all you who strive to love and bring peace; all you who seek to do the small, kind things. I will give you rest.” He promises the rest of peace, not the rest from work. We are still called to go out to the world, to love and to serve. But He will give us the strength to do these things, and the wisdom to know what is our calling, and what is not our burden.
Come unto Him.
And, as so often this week, we have TWO selections from Handel’s Messiah that are taken from our Gospel.
The first is in two parts: “He Shall Feed His Flock”/”Come Unto Him”. This one is my very favorite one, and the one I would sing if I ever got the chance. Listen and enjoy! Listen and pray! Listen and find rest for your weary heart!
And ‘His Yoke Is easy”