OUR JOURNEY TOWARDS CHRISTMAS ... and not grow weary
Over the past 2-3 weeks, nearly everyone I have spoken to have remarked how tired they feel. Indeed, many of us will be looking forward to the end of school or the last day of work and time for a break. While feeling tired is natural at this time of the year it can lead us to become weary of the commitments we have made and weary of the responsibilities of our day-to-day lives. This is different to just being tired. Our Advent readings on Wednesday spoke of this weariness and of God’s promise to renew our strength.
The reading on Wednesday from Isaiah spoke of God giving “strength to the wearied”, “renewing their strength” and making it such that we “may run and not grow weary, walk and never tire”. The gospel of the day was that well known passage where Jesus invites us: “Come to me, all you who are burdened and weary and I will give you rest. Shoulder my yoke... and you will find rest for your souls”.
When I am weary I tend to think to myself that all I need to do is to get to the end of the month, or complete these tasks, and things will settle down. But the readings here speak of God giving us rest – it isn’t something we control, instead rest comes when we allow God to take the lead in our lives. The other very significant aspect, is that when we are weary it is not the putting aside of our commitments that is needed, but, instead, shouldering the yoke and taking up once more the mission of Jesus. Ironically, we find rest when we renew our commitment to the mission of Jesus. It is a renewal of this commitment that is called for in this Advent season. Fr Gerard