Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
December 13, A.D. 2006
Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
Psalm 103:1-2, 3-4, 8 and 10
A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:
"I will give you rest . . ."
Some read this passage and seem to think that Jesus is promising that things will go well and easily once you turn to Him. But that isn't at all what is meant here. Life will continue to be life; there will be hardships, difficulties, turmoil, and every sort of thing that arises from people interacting with people. There will be no respite from these things.
But, once our entire life is centered on Jesus, these things will be the periphery. Life will become a perpetual hurricane and we will be at the center looking at the glorious Son of God. All around us things will swirl, the great parade and panoply of life will continue unabated.
But with Jesus as our foundation, that parade and panoply takes on a different form. We can see it differently. What used to wear and stress us, tear us down and destroy us, becomes less burdensome. When Jesus is what is important, we are at continual rest—all of our labors are in the joy of the Lord. There still will be sorrows, difficulties, and hardships, but we will endure them in the constant knowledge that we are not enduring them alone.
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