Wednesday of the Second Week
Isaiah 40: 25-31
Matthew 11: 28- 30
Our readings are perfect if we need a little reassurance because we are feeling a little down or a bit defeated. If we feel like John the Baptist, who will say this weekend, “I just need some assurance that all that I did for you was worth it?” Our readings are intent on calling us to a radical relationship with a God who knows us and loves us so well.
The prophet Isaiah tells the people to lift their eyes high because the Lord God is going to help them when they feel weary or faint. They will soar like eagles they will run and never grow weak if they place their complete trust and hope in the Lord.
In our Gospel, Jesus says, “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 my yoke is easy, and my burden light.” The image of a yoke is three-fold, there is the image of a yoke used on farm animals, there is the yoke that Jesus was nailed to on the cross, and there is the yoke of people dancing arm in arm, locked together as one. I like this image the best.
As we gather, let us keep in mind that to do the will of God, which means to do the good that God wants of us will entail some hardship and pain. We pray that in doing the Lord’s work our hardship, our pain will become fruitful. In the end, it is always a decision on our part to believe in God’s providence. God is always doing his part.
The Eucharist we celebrate is a celebration of God’s care for us!