“Resting in the Presence of the Lord and learning from Him!”
(Based on Isa 26:7-9, 12,16-19 and Mt 11:28-30 – Thursday of the 15th Week in Ordinary Time, Year 2)
An old lady was sitting in the park – all alone and dejected.
A young boy – who was sitting on the opposite bench – and was doing some writing work, had been constantly watching this lady who was brooding over some worry.
Finally, after a while, he stopped writing and enquired:
“Madam, I have been observing you. From morning, you have been quite worried.
What’s the matter? Maybe there is some way I can help you
The old lady looked at him and replied: “You know, my son, in life, I have been worried about so many things in life… but most of them never happened!”
The young man was surprised to hear that – “troubled about things, that never really happened!”
So he asked again, “Then why are you troubled now?”
She replied, with a tinge of remorse: “I am worried as to why did I unnecessarily worry so much in my life!”
Funny, isn’t it?
But, are we sometimes like this old lady?
Too much worried and disturbed in life…
… sometimes (or perhaps, very often) even about things that have not happened in life!
The call of the Gospel is an invitation by Jesus to “cast all our worries and burdens” on Him.
We read in the Gospel today, the assuring words of Jesus: “Come to me, all you who are weary and are burdened, and I will give you rest.” (Mt 11: 28)
Jesus came into the world, primarily as a Saviour!
He is in deep love with us!
“…You are precious in my eyes and I love You!” (Is 43:4).
The meaning of the name “Jesus” Itself is that…
… GOD SAVES!
As a Beloved Lover, He constantly tugs the strings of our hearts and beckons us to Himself – wanting us to experience His Saving Love!
He extends His cordial and warmest invitation to each one of us who are weary and heavy-burdened!
The Greek word for WEARY is “Kopiao”…
… which means to toil and become weary to the point of exhaustion! .
WEARY not only refers to the daily physical strains and struggles we undergo in life, but is also…
… the internal exhaustion caused by seeking Divine Truth through mere Human Wisdom.
… the external burden caused by futile peripheral efforts to seek the Divinity.
Many of us, very often, reach the point of exhaustion and fatigue by our everyday works and in our striving for salvation.
However, today, the Lord calls all of us – to experience His Resting Presence!
“Behold, I stand at the door and Knock! If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will enter his house and dine with him, and he with me”” (Rev 3:20).
“Experiencing His Resting Presence” also means “to learn from Him”…
… especially learning to be Humble and Gentle like Him! (Mt 11: 29)
A proud heart robs the person of spiritual insights
It renders a person to look only to oneself; the dependence on the Lord is lost!
A harsh (violent/tough/annoyed/wrathful) heart steals the person of “being at peace”
It renders a person to look only at the negativities of life; the attitude of being grateful to God is lost!
Today, let us give heed to the call of the Lord…
… to “Rest in His Presence”
And thus to learn to be more “gentle and humble”
Many of us might question: How can I “Rest in His Presence”
Many of us might counter: Is it really possible to learn to be more “gentle and humble”?
“Rest in His Presence” can be…
… by making a time for the Lord, in prayer, every day of our life – an act, which we shall never compromise!
… by “becoming aware” of the Presence of the Lord in the activities that we engage in
… by recognizing the goodness in other people and situations of life, and thus being, consciously, grateful to God
Learning to be more “gentle and humble” can be…
… by picking up any of those virtues, and (purposely) doing an act towards growing in the virtue
… by daily examining the conscience, in the practice of that particular virtue, and making amends to try again, even if failed (Let’s remember the Lord Who always rose again, even when He fell many times, on the Way of the Cross!)
… by praying specially to the Holy Spirit for those virtues, and never being discouraged, even when faced with the opposite vice
… by being inspired by the many saints, who went through the phases of vices, but were ultimately able to conquer, and live the virtues
Tensions, worries and problems of life constantly disappoint us!
Even our striving to improve our spiritual lives (and the feeling of failure to do so) discourage us!
But the Lord constantly tells us… “Come to Me!”
“Never, ever get discouraged, My Child!”
Let not the anxieties of our life dishearten us…
Instead may the Invitation of the Lord – “to rest in His Presence and to learn from Him”…
… help us to always be at peace in life!
God Bless! Live Jesus!
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THE GRACE OF BAPTISM – FOR THE FORGIVENESS OF SINS
By Baptism all sins are forgiven, original sin and all personal sins, as well as all punishment for sin.
In those who have been reborn nothing remains that would impede their entry into the Kingdom of God, neither Adam’s sin, nor personal sin, nor the consequences of sin, the gravest of which is separation from God.
Yet certain temporal consequences of sin remain in the baptized, such as suffering, illness, death, and such frailties inherent in life as weaknesses of character, and so on, as well as an inclination to sin that Tradition calls concupiscence, or metaphorically, “the tinder for sin” (fomes peccati); since concupiscence “is left for us to wrestle with, it cannot harm those who do not consent but manfully resist it by the grace of Jesus Christ.”
Indeed, “an athlete is not crowned unless he competes according to the rules. (CCC #1263-1264)