READINGS for 2006-07-20
"Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest.? ? Matthew 11: 28
I am a man who does a thousand and one things. I have a family. I have a full time job. I preach most days of the week after work, including weekends ? nationwide. And that doesn?t include my worship concerts. So I am easily charged as not having focus. As having a finger in every pie. As a perfect model of burnout! A ticking time-bomb!
Lord, I am tired and burdened. Let me rest in You, my ?Munting Bukal?. Amen.
Isaiah 26:7-9, 12, 16-19
Whether in death or life our hope is in the Lord our God. The answer to all situations in life always rests with God. This may be hard to believe in the midst of a difficult struggle, but it is true. Therefore we should practice living our lives in the presence of God when it is easy so that we will more readily turn to Him in a time of need. It is nothing shameful to live in reliance upon the Lord as long as we are willing to put the grace that He gives us to good use.
7 The way of the just is smooth; the path of the just you make level. 8 Yes, for your way and your judgments, O LORD, we look to you; your name and your title are the desire of our souls. 9 My soul yearns for you in the night, yes, my spirit within me keeps vigil for you; when your judgment dawns upon the earth, the world?s inhabitants learn justice. 12 O LORD, you gave out peace to us, for it is you who have accomplished all we have done. 16 O LORD, oppressed by your punishment, we cried out in anguish under your chastising. 17 As a woman about to give birth writhes and cries out in her pains, so were we in your presence, O LORD. 18 We conceived and writhed in pain, giving birth to wind; salvation we have not achieved for the earth, the inhabitants of the world cannot bring it forth. 19 But your dead shall live, their corpses shall rise; awake and sing, you who lie in the dust. For your dew is a dew of light, and the land of shades gives birth.
P S A L M
Psalm 102:13-15, 16-18, 19-21
R: From heaven the Lord looks down on the earth.
12  You, O LORD, abide forever, and your name through all generations. 13  You will arise and have mercy on Zion, for it is time to pity her, for the appointed time has come. 14  For her stones are dear to your servants, and her dust moves them to pity. (R) 15  And the nations shall revere your name, O LORD, and all the kings of the earth your glory, 16  when the LORD has rebuilt Zion and appeared in his glory; 17  when he has regarded the prayer of the destitute, and not despised their prayer. (R) 18  Let this be written for the generation to come, and let his future creatures praise the LORD 19  ?The LORD looked down from his holy height, from heaven he beheld the earth, 20  To hear the groaning of the prisoners, to release those doomed to die.? (R)
G O S P E L
Jesus invites us to share with Him the yoke that He carries. He is a true shepherd who seeks to alleviate the toil of His flock. Jesus even takes upon Himself the suffering that should be ours because of our sin. This is the new yoke, or the new law that He wishes us to embrace ? a yoke of love whereby He pays the price for our sins and we are redeemed through faith in Him and His work. This seems to be a pretty fair exchange to me. In fact, I cannot think of a more beneficial arrangement that we could possibly be offered!
28 ?Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 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. 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden light.?
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READ THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR Isaiah 23-25
BEAR ONE ANOTHER?S BURDENS
Today?s Gospel expresses to us the willingness of God to bear our burdens and to help us on our journey to union with Him. If we are sensible we should accept this offer of help and get on with the business of our lives within the framework provided for us by our faith and relationship with Jesus. One of the questions that will inevitably arise will be whether or not we are willing to reciprocate this offer of God, not necessarily to Him but to one another. That is, I am sure that Jesus expects us to be willing to help and serve each other in our journeys.
Jesus, you gave your life in love of me and the service of your Father?s will. I pray for the grace to receive all that you offer to me and to give all that you ask of me. In this way I hope to be obedient to your every will and desire.
Sts. Jus.ta and Rufina, virgins and martyrs, pray for us.
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