Wednesday of the Second Week

Readings

Is 40:25-31
Ps 103:1-2, 3-4, 8 and 10
Mt 11:28-30


Reflection

There are two verses that stood out most to me in today’s readings: “He does not faint nor grow weary, and His knowledge is beyond scrutiny” and “Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest.”  Through these passages, we are reminded that we can bring our struggles, our pain, and our worries to God, to Jesus.  

I, along with many others, struggle to open up to others about what is troubling me.  I don’t like to be a burden.  I don’t want others to have to carry my struggles on top of their own.  Keeping our struggles and worries to ourselves can have an isolating effect; however, today we are reminded that God is there for us to bring all of our struggles to, both big and small.  Countless times in the Bible we are reminded to bring our burdens to God.  God is the ultimate therapist, the ultimate diary for our inner most secrets and struggles.

While reflecting on this passage, my mind trailed off to the numerous accounts in the Bible proclaiming that when we love others we are loving Jesus, claiming that Jesus is in us all.  Since we are encouraged to share our burdens with Jesus and know that Jesus is in each of us, why not share our struggles with those around us?  There is something so comforting in telling a friend what’s on your mind.  Yes, prayer and journaling are great and we should continue to utilize these to grow closer to Jesus and to find peace; however, if we follow the logic here, talking to a friend is like talking to Jesus.  If Jesus is in us all and we are to share our burdens with Him, then by coming to a friend for a pair of open ears, we are in turn sharing ourselves with Jesus.

This semester, in an effort to be more intentional with those around me, I remind myself each morning that Jesus is in each of those around me.  He is in each of my roommates, my family members, my classmates, and even the baristas at Starbucks.  Going through the day with this mindset is like putting a filter on a picture.  It’s a different way to see things and can change the way you feel about what’s in front of you.  This intentionality has brought more peace and positivity to my life than expected, and I encourage everyone this Advent season to live with more intentionality.  

Paige Stehly, ‘18