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 Short 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 the earth. It was a foreshadowing of how Jesus would bring compassion and healing into the lives of so many, without boundaries, without judgement. It is good to remember that God’s salvation comes to each of us by coming 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 categories and value that in our ignorance we assign to people, places, and experiences. Everything is awaited by God, everything is wanted and needed, in order to be the fullness that is his banquet. And so, it is no coincidence that Christmas is about invitation and gathering and welcome and celebration. This is the language of our redemption. The time of Advent is a time for learning how to embrace our world and bring it home into our hearts.
Eternal Father, our work and responsibilities lie before us today and we look to you for help. 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 reassure 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.