JESUS: OUR STRENGTH TO STAY

HOMILY, THURSDAY, 15TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME YEAR A

Isaiah 26:7-9.12.16-19, Matthew 11: 28-30

When we leave our entire quest into God’s hands, we go through our days with calmness even in the midst of the greatest huddles. There is no food without sweat. When we love what we are doing, our sweat becomes meaningful. Better still, if our works are done in God.

In today’s first reading, the prophet Isaiah exclaimed,

O Lord, you will ordain peace for us, you have wrought for us all our works.”

Living in the flesh goes with its own burdens, because the body will always know pain. But our spirit will allow us to get used to suffering, because in God is our souls at rest. Our suffering becomes redemptive only if it is taken up for the sake of Jesus. When we knit ourselves to Jesus, all sorrow is gone. There may be reasons to groan or cry, there may be reasons why we may feel like giving up, when we choose to journey with the Lord, all things are possible.

The Lord said,

Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

Though, nobody is an expert in suffering; we do not suffer the same way. The intensity of our suffering is determined by the strength of our faith in God. Let us allow the Lord to take the lead, while we follow.

PRAYER

O Lord, help that our faith may not go weary. Increase your strength in us that we may journey through our days with your peace in the midst of daily challenges. Thy kingdom come.

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