Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
July 19, A.D. 2007
Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
Psalm 105:1 and 5, 8-9, 24-25, 26-27
A reflection on today's Scripture:
Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest. (Matthew 11:28)
These are comforting words because which of us does not have a burden to bear? Which of us do not have worries or stresses? Life has its struggles and Jesus knows this. For this reason He encourages us to take rest with Him: “For my yoke is easy, and my burden light.” (Matthew 11:30)
By going to the Lord and giving all that we have to give, our joys, our worries, our burdens—then we can find rest. This rest is in the peace that the Lord gives us. Just as children who follow their parents up a hill.
To children, this hill is steep and can be difficult to climb. But being with their parents, children know they’ll reach their destination. If they fall, their parents will be there to pick them up, help them to reach the top.
Giving our burdens to Jesus is the same. Not that struggles will fade and disappear, but we have assistance, Divine Assistance, and we'll overcome the difficulties in life.
A wonderful example of this is shown in the First Reading where God has asked Moses to go and convince the Elders of Israel that God desires the Jews to leave Egypt. When God says “Yet I know that the king of Egypt will not allow you to go unless he is forced. I will stretch out my hand, therefore, and smite Egypt by doing all kinds of wondrous deeds there.
After that he will send you away.” (Exodus 3:19-20) He is asking the people of Israel to be faithful. Despite the struggles it will take to leave Egypt, they will leave because they are with God who has made their burden light.
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