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Matthew 11:25-30

The Word of God

At that time Jesus said, "I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and the intelligent and have revealed them to infants; yes, Father, for such was your gracious will. All things have been handed over to me by my Father; and no one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him. 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."

Matthew 11:25-30
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    • In what must be one of the most beautiful texts of the gospel, Jesus bares his soul: he speaks of his unique relationship to the Father and of his deep desire to embrace us in our weakness and weariness. I listen attentively to these words as I become aware that my weariness is the door into the gentle mercy of Jesus.
    • Jesus, the miracle worker, the scourge of demons, invites us to learn from him for he is gentle and humble of heart. I let this invitation linger in my heart, as it throws light on what lies in my heart and what my deep desires are. I pray, Sacred Heart of Jesus, make my heart like unto yours!
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    • Do you sometimes find yourself weary – from struggles, pains, disappointments? Jesus’ invitation, 'Come to me' is always open, especially when you really need the peace, rest, protection and God's love.
    • Inside you there is a space for the divine. You can ask God to come into your poor heart and to fill it with what only God can give. In that secret place heart can speak to heart. Ask today for what you want and be open to what God sees best to give you.
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    • Each of us is intelligent in a different way, making sense of our world and being a genius in a particular way. (Accept it!) The insight of the Gospel does not fit easily in any one mould, but is always bigger and more elusive than whatever shape we try to squeeze it into. A child can receive the message that eludes the scholar; we may receive a sudden and unexpected insight even when our best efforts at making sense fail.
    • Our time of prayer helps us to stand back and to work less; instead of trying to understand, I accept that I am understood, cherished and loved. Like an infant, I entrust myself to God's providence now. If I recognise resistance, I pray for its conversion.
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    • On this All Souls Day we are in communion with the millions who have gone to the Lord. Eye has not seen nor ear heard, nor has it entered into the human heart to conceive what God has prepared for those who love him. The more I learn of you, Lord, the less I fear death.
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    • Jesus invites those who labour and are burdened. The phrase 'comfort zone' is used of the state where we feel life is under control and satisfactory. Jesus is inviting those who are not in the comfort zone, who feel oppressed by anxiety and uncertainty.
    • Lord, I do not ask that you bring my life completely under control. To be mortal is to face uncomfortable realities. I beg you to be my uncomfortable comfort zone.
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    • Sometimes life’s burdens can overwhelm us and we live with uncertainty and the fear that we will be swallowed up in despair and lack of hope. Here in this passage of Scripture, Jesus offers us a lifeline, ‘Come to me …’ He says. Sounds simple, doesn’t it? And yet we find it difficult to believe that reaching out to Him can make a difference.
    • Lord, you invite us to take your hand and walk with you through this ‘valley of tears’ how stubborn we can be sometimes. Help us to be open to your whispered invitation and respond with faith and generosity.
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    • Let me spend some moments in quiet gratitude that God cares about me, even though I am not very wise and intelligent! What matters is that I love God, just like an infant who loves a good parent.
    • I reflect on the burdens I am carrying. I bring them to Jesus. What difference does it make when he takes my burdens on his shoulders? Do I find rest? I ask for the grace to be aware that I am never alone in my weariness, for he is there.
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    • Jesus invites those who labour and are burdened. The phrase /comfort zone/ is used of the state where we feel life is under control and satisfactory. Jesus is inviting those who are not in the comfort zone, who feel oppressed by anxiety and uncertainty.
    • Lord, I do not ask that you bring my life completely under control. To be mortal is to face uncomfortable realities. I beg you to be my uncomfortable comfort zone.