Read: Matthew 11:16-30
Thought for the day: “ . . . surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
Sunday is my favorite day of the week. Always. Jesus is with me every moment of every day and the Holy Spirit is always deep within me guiding me, but somehow being together with the amazing body of Christ at church is like being on holy ground and nearly always fills me with such joy and new life for the coming week. There are the occasional Sundays, though, when I’m, for one reason or another, a bit off. The one I’m to share is an example. As Fr Rick was about to share the daily Gospel reading, I prayed for the Holy Spirit to awaken me. He did indeed open the ears of my heart and I heard words read, and in particular I heard verses 28-30 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, 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.” Okay, so sometimes we just need a hug and it’s so cool when someone seems to know and is there to provide it. Wow, is it special when it’s Jesus. He didn’t stop there either. On the way home I turned on Christian radio and it seemed every song and every comment made was about surrendering our heavy load to His loving arms. Song after song reminded me of what I knew but needed to hear anyway. I kept hearing songs that told me He had a plan and that He was inside me and that He was working on me and through me.
Someone told me a while back that prayer was a waste of time. “Nobody listening” was the message he conveyed. I can’t agree with him and can only pray that he will open his heart to the Lord who’s lovingly waiting for him. Why do I pray? I pray because I love the Lord. Why do I love Him? I love Him because He first loved me. It’s that simple. I hunger for Him. Even when I turn my focus off Him, He never leaves me. My relationship with Him is the most important thing in my life. It is my life.
Prayer: Thank you Lord for your love. Help me to reflect that love on those you entrust to me. Give me your heart, your patience, and your compassion. Amen.