Intention: That all people will embrace the story of the birth of the Christ Child as a call to increase our attention to the needs of children throughout the world.
Today’s Gospel | Matthew 11:28-30
Jesus said to the crowds: “Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart; and you will find rest for yourselves. For my yoke is easy, and my burden light.”
A Reflection for the Second Wednesday of Advent
In the story of the Nativity, the birth of our Lord is followed by the arrival of people representing every kind of person and every corner of life. In particular, it is the poor who know to find him. Musing on this, Dietrich Bonhoeffner wrote, “Only the humble believe him and rejoice that God is so free and so marvelous that he does wonders where people despair, that he takes what is little and lowly and makes it marvelous.” It is good to remember that God’s salvation comes not only to us, but also to all of us. It is all of us and everything around us that God affirms as worthy of redemption. This cuts through the contrived values that we assign to life’s inhabitants, experiences, and expressions. Everything is invited to find its fullness in God’s Kingdom. And so, it is no coincidence that Christmas is about welcoming and giving. The time of Advent is a time for both offering and accepting the gifts of being one in God’s saving presence.
Eternal Father, as our work and responsibilities await us today, we look to you for guidance. If we try to go forward alone, we will stumble and fall. Be our light and our strength as we move through life’s challenges. May we find in your Word the nourishment to sustain us and the truth to instruct us. And just as you comfort us, make of us instruments of your comfort to others. We ask this of you who lives and reigns with your Son and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.