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Friday, 04 December 2009 23:30

 

T his passage characterizes exile as people feeling “disregarded” by God, saying “Haven’t we suffered enough?” We are a people who, unlike God, grow faint, weary, become weak, and faint at different points in our lives. We all need some sort of vigor, having lost our youthful strength.

I think that is why the gospel invitation from Jesus is so poignant: “Come to me all who are weary … Learn from me … Take my yoke … Find rest …”

 

Wednesday of the Second Week of Advent

 

Isaiah 40:25-31

 

Psalm 103:1-2, 3-4, 8 and 10

 

M atthew 11:28-30 Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. (29) Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. (30) For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light."

 

Meditation by Roc O'Connor, S.J.

 

L et’s get to it. It seems to me that our scriptures today address our experience of exile. That is what Isaiah 40 did back then and that is what it seems to do even this day.

 

This passage characterizes exile as people feeling “disregarded” by God, saying “Haven’t we suffered enough?” We are a people who, unlike God, grow faint, weary, become weak, and faint at different points in our lives. We all need some sort of vigor, having lost our youthful strength.

 

I’m guessing that not all of us like such a characterization, especially the youthful and vigorous! It’s the “holiday season” in which we’re all supposed to be joyful and happy and full of vigor for entertaining and purchasing mass quantities of goods.

 

Yet a few of us find these days less than “holidays” or even “holy days.” 2009 has been a tough year for many of us – illnesses, losses, sorrows, “the economy,” as well as wars and threats of wars. Perhaps even some folks who put on happy faces experience some deep, lingering sort of emotion like an exile, feeling on the outside of it all.

 

I think that is why the gospel invitation from Jesus is so poignant: “Come to me all who are weary… Learn from me… Take my yoke… Find rest…”

 

The most difficult darn thing for folks in exile to do is trust again after disappointment or disillusionment. But, that is what Jesus invites us to do today. And I think that’s the basic reality that Advent always invites us to face – can we trust after betrayal, after loss, or after diminishment?

 

In other words, how easy is it to trust God after exile? Or, while we experience exile now? How easy is it to believe that we will rise up “on wings of eagles?”

 

If any of this addresses your experience at this time in life, at this time in the Church year, it may be just the right time to recall how such experiences might open for us a way of entering the world of refugees, of people facing famine and starvation, of people who make thirty-five cents an hour making clothing or shoes for some multi-national corporation in the third world. Perhaps our sense of exile might help us form a bond with others who also suffer.

 

Happy Advent! Come, Lord Jesus!

 

Supplementary Reading

IT’S No BoTHER

 

What do you want me to do for you? – Luke 18:41

 


“It’s the Christmas break. I didn’t want to bother you,” a sister in our prayer community told me.


She got sick and was confined in the hospital for two days during our Christmas vacation but didn’t even inform us.

 

The holiday is also a break for our prayer community. We spend the whole year holding prayer meetings, council and caring group meetings, attending community-wide activities, not to mention organizing new prayer groups, counselling, visiting institutions for the poor, those in prison, and yes, those who are sick, and praying over them.

 

Thus, we welcome the holiday break as a much-deserved time of rest for all of us. But I told my friend, “It wouldn’t have been a bother for us to visit you.”

 

In today’s Gospel, busy as He was, Jesus stopped to heal the blind man. Note, however, that He first asked what the blind man wanted from Him.

 

Yes, God is just waiting for us to ask Him what it is we want from Him. He has given us free will, which means that He doesn’t barge into our affairs uninvited. But it is certainly no bother for Him to give us help when we ask for it. --- Cynthia Santiago

 

REFLECTION:

Ask and you shall receive. (Matthew 7:8)

 


Father, I ask to humbly come to You, to bask in Your great love for me, every day.

  

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GOD BLESS US ALL!
O Theos Na Mas Evlogisi!
PRAY as if everything depended on HIM. ACT as if everything depended on YOU.
 

 

 

 

 
 


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