The past month was traumatic for me. It was as if the whole world had a plan to frustrate me, every facet from family to work and much more. I was troubled and confused to the point of asking myself if I would be able to cope. I was tired, broken and just needed assurance and some rest.
In such a state, you will agree that it is difficult to be logical not to talk of falling back on our faith foundation. After experiencing poor health caused by worry, I found a piece of writing by late Madiba, Nelson Mandela. According to him, faith is the ability to trust in the unknown, see the invisible and believe in the unknown. He believes that if we have faith, we will have fewer problems.
You don’t have to be bothered, worried and running around at an insane pace. It isn’t the magnitude of the problem or the pace at which things are moving in our lives. We need a state of rest and ultimately inner peace.
I think it is helpful to accept that none of us have it all together or have our situations completely figured out. I want us to take a step back from our day to day responsibility and examine how we are living.
Finally, I went back to one of my all time favourites “His grace is sufficient for me” and I found rest
In Matthew 11:28-30 Jesus says
Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light."
The idea is that His yoke fits us all. It’s agreeable. It works. When we live life God’s way, the burden is light. I know that without spiritual reserve, the yoke of life gets real heavy.
In Exodus 33, Moses and the Lord are discussing the issue of going into the Promised Land.
The LORD replied, "My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest." Then Moses said to him, "If your Presence does not go with us, do not send us up from here. Exodus 33:14-15 (NIV)
In Exodus 3, God’s presence wasn’t enough for Moses. In Exodus 33, God’s presence was all that mattered to Moses.
It would have sounded nice if God said “My presence will go with you and I will give you success.” That’s what makes logical sense. Or “my presence will go with you and I will give you protection, prosperity, and influence.”
But God says, “My presence will go with you, and I will give you REST.”
What does it mean to rest physically?
Rest means I stop. Rest acknowledges that I have limits. Rest is about being, not doing. Rest sets aside striving and producing. Rest is quiet. Rest is relaxing. Rest is about creating space and time to refill.
Jesus describes himself appropriately. He says, “I am gentle and humble in heart.” When you are burdened down, you don’t need a taskmaster. You need HELP. You need someone gentle and caring. This is where Christ comes in handy.
His yoke could be easy and His burden could be light in our situation. Could it be possible to find the kind of rest for your soul that leads you to say, genuinely, “Jesus is enough?”
Each one of my Carmelite Sisters, including myself, is required to make an eight-day silent retreat yearly. When we first entered Carmel, silence was difficult for us. It was new. Many of us spend our first eight-day retreat simply meditating with growing astonishment that anyone could even keep quiet for eight full days
Many more times, our prayers are based (informed)by) on what we think we are yet to achieve, receive or secured from, while we forget those we have achieved, received or have been saved from.
The first step to forgiveness is seeing your coworkers from God’s perspective. Take your eyes off the offender and look up to the Savior. Jesus sees each of us as eternally significant beings with brilliant potential. God’s vantage point teaches that we have all sinned and that we are all helpless without the blood of Christ.
In particular, we saw how utilitarianism weakens our relationships by getting us to value people primarily in terms of some pleasure or benefit we receive from our relationships with them.
Rooted deeply in each of us is uncertainty. Human beings are creatures of habit. We want to find the TV remote where we left it (where it has always been), to be guaranteed the salary comes in next month (as it always does). We want to be sure we don’t die (from eating that new soup).
St. Francis of Assisi »
Feast Day: October 4
Patron Saint Of: Animals & Merchants
Founder of the Franciscan Order, born at Assisi in Umbria, in 1181.
In 1182, Pietro Bernardone returned from a trip to France to find out his wife had given birth to a son. Far from being excited or apologetic because he'd been gone, Pietro was furious because she'd had his new son baptized Giovanni after John the Baptist.
Time to Test Your Faith — Bishop Barron»
Friends, today’s Gospel concludes John’s reflection on the Eucharist. At the end of this remarkable chapter, we are faced with a question that defines the Christian faith: Will you follow Christ? May we always answer as Peter does.
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