Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
July 17, A.D. 2008
Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
Isaiah 26:7-9, 12, 16-19
Psalm 102:13-14ab and 15, 16-18, 19-21
A reflection on today's Scripture:
In today's Gospel, Jesus tells us that all who labor and are heavily burdened should come to Him and He will give them rest.
Did you ever think what a wonderful thing it is to be able to sleep—even perhaps for just a few fleeting moments—to have some time, albeit brief, where the concerns of this life, and even the next, are suspended? Isn't that what sleep is: an opportunity to be unburdened and to rest?
God, who loves us and wants us free, unburdened and refreshed, has given us the inborn urge and ability to sleep. Does He not also give us the desire and means for even deeper opportunities to be unburdened, unburdened from our sin, our failures, our worries and concerns?
"Come to me," Jesus says, "and you will find rest for yourselves, for my yoke is easy and my burden is light." (see Matthew 11:28-30)
Rest—a gift from the Lord!
- Donna Nelson, OCDS 
email: drn3rd (at) hughes (dot) net
Thursday, July 17, 2008
Thursday of the Fifteenth Week in Ordinary Time
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