“Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.
The weeks before Christmas overflow with reasons to be joyful. Though I certainly savor the wonderful festivities, a few years ago, my dad died on December 23. So each year at Christmastime, I experience some grief.
I suspect I am not alone in this. While some of us grieve losses, others struggle to love ourselves. Some of us carry physical or mental health burdens, while others deal with broken relationships. Violence, racism, and conflict in our world weigh all of us down.
In today’s Gospel, Jesus doesn’t tell us to grin and bear it because it’s Christmas! Rather, he invites us to bring our burdens to him and to bask in the comfort he offers our weary souls. He shares with us the hope of the Incarnation.
What burdens do I need to share with Jesus this Advent? Do I know anyone who needs special care this holiday season?
—Katie Davis is a former member of the Jesuit Volunteer Corps and JVC Magis currently working as a Chaplain and Religious Studies teacher at Saint Ignatius College Prep in Chicago. She serves on the Advisory Board for Jesuit Connections in Chicago and the Chicago Women’s Team for the Ignatian Spirituality Project.
Let us know peace.
For as long as the moon shall rise,
For as long as the rivers shall flow,
For as long as the sun will shine,
For as long as the grass shall grow,
Let us know peace.
—A Native American Prayer for Peace
Please share the Good Word with your friends!