Readings for Thursday July 14, 2010
Memorial of Saint Bonaventure, bishop and doctor of the Church
First Reading: Isaiah 26:7-9,12,16-19
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 102
Gospel: Matthew 11:28-30
Jesus said: "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." (Mt 11:28-30)
The cold hard truth is that this world can really do a number on us. Sometimes we get beat up, knocked down, kicked, and pushed around (and I am not just talking physically physically). Sometimes in this life we can go through so many hardships and challenges that it really makes us lose focus of what's important. When we try to only survive in this world, it can be very easy for us to become restless in our hearts. All praises be to Him who came to take away that restlessness; instead He offers us His peace.
Jesus offers us a chance for peace, a chance away from the turmoil and devastation that the world brings. Until we embrace His yoke, we will only find restlessness, and we will never find peace and rest. Today let us reflect on today's gospel and the words of Saint Augustine: "Our heart is restless until it rests in you."
Our lives are meant to be a reflection of God's love, may we model our lives after the Lord.
Father above, we thank you and give you praise for this day. Lord, please give us the courage to live for you, and to have a meek and humble heart. Lord, you are our rock and salvation, help us to never veer away from you. Lord, we pray for all of those who are restless, may they find peace and love in your arms. We ask this all through Christ our Lord. Amen.