Daily Reflection

From a Creighton Student's Perspective

December 7, 2011

Katie Kastl

Senior, Theology and Secondary Education Double Major

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

This world can weigh us down. With all of the pain and suffering, labor and hardship we see and experience everyday, it is easy to get discouraged. Sometimes, I feel the world weighing down on me, pressing me to conform to the norms that this society has placed before me.

Materialism, relativism, sexism, racism, all of the –isms, press down upon our shoulders. We feel a need to succeed, achieve, and accumulate. But God calls to us. He tells us, “Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest… For my yoke is easy, and my burden light" (Mt 11: 28, 30).

Honestly, going against the world and following Christ doesn’t always feel easy. Most of the time it is really hard. But, when I compare the labor of following Christ and the labor of following this world, Christ’s work doesn’t seem so heavy, so pressing, so burdensome. In fact, while it may be hard work, it seems down right light.

We are halfway through the Second Week of Advent. On Sunday we lit the second candle on the Advent wreath, the candle focused on love. This week, let us focus on the love God has for us, the love he shares with us, and ask that that through his love, we will rest in him and our burdens will be light.

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