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September 27th, 2013
Megan Lightfoot
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[453] Hag 2:1-9
Ps 43:1, 2, 3, 4
Luke 9:18-22

“Who is left among you that saw this house in its former glory?  And how do you see it now?”  These are questions that may bring moments of suffering to mind.  How do you see those moments of suffering now?  You may see it with blinded eyes, with fear, discouragement, or doubt.  It may seem like tomorrow looks to hold the same as today, to hold “nothing in your eyes.”  But Jesus says, “Take courage and work!  For I am with you!”  At first thought we may be tempted to think, “Work- nope I don’t want to do that.  Work is hard.”  Yes, work is hard.  Work with faith, hope and love is made easy, work with Jesus can seem effortless, “For my yoke is easy and my burden is light” -Matthew 11:30.  This sounds nuts though, for we all know that there is nothing easy about truly living as a Catholic in our world today; there is nothing easy about living a life filled with faith, hope and love.  Why does Jesus make these promises that at times seem to be impossible?  The difference comes in that we cannot do this alone.  The yoke will be hard and the burden heavy when we try to take it all on our own.  It is not MY work, but Jesus and I’s work, OUR work.  “Come to me all you who labor and are burdened and I will give you rest.”  Jesus doesn’t mean come to me and take a nap to get refreshed then go back out on your own again.  Jesus wants us to come to Him in the reality that we are in, whether that be joy, suffering, or somewhere in between.  To truly come to Jesus and enter into His rest is to find peace within our hearts; to have hope that God “will fill this house with glory.”  For our hearts to truly cry out saying, “Hope in God; I will praise Him, my savior and my God” –Psalm 43:1. 

How do we enter into this rest?  How do you, a mother, father, daughter, son, student, employee, boss, priest, or religious sister enter into the rest of Jesus, to have hope for tomorrow?  There isn’t a set pattern; no stepwise formula to holiness, but I think the Gospel provides a crucial element to begin, “Jesus was praying in solitude.”  To truly enter into communion with God and invite Jesus into the reality of our work and at times hopelessness, we need to enter into silence with God to pray, to encounter a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.  Place yourself in today’s Gospel, Jesus asks you, “But who do you say that I am?”  What is your response?  Who is Jesus in your life?  Is He you best friend that you share everything with?  Is He your spouse that you share a deep intimacy with?  Is He your neighbor that you talk to occasionally? Is He the one you only talk to when you sit down in Church to pray?  Is He the one you only talk to on Sunday?  No matter where you are, Jesus is calling you into a deeper intimacy with Him.  Jesus is always with each one of us, longing and desiring to have a relationship with us.  Jesus does not want us to be discouraged and down, rather He has a heart raging with Divine Love for each one of us.  A Love that brings faith, hope and love into our hearts.  A Love that fills our hearts so much that we are overflowing with Christ’s love, a love to be shared with the world in our work.  Let us today place ourselves in Christ’s presence, to be truly aware of His deep and intimate love and then go forward with our work, allowing that overflowing love to be shared with each person we encounter. 

Merciful Father, forgive us for the times we get discouraged and try to do things on our own.  Grant us the grace today to receive Your love, to be filled with Faith, Hope and Love and for that to overflow from our hearts into the hearts of all those we meet this day and in the days to come.  Jesus, help us to enter into a deeper relationship with You and to take courage, knowing you are always with us.  St. Vincent de Paul, Pray for us! 

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