“The Lord is the eternal God, Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint nor grow weary, and His knowledge is beyond scrutiny…”
At Mass today, Jesus says in the gospel, “My yoke is easy and My burden light.” Sometimes I don’t know about that. Sometimes burdens feel overwhelming no matter how hard you try to imagine taking on the gentle yoke of Jesus. The first reading however from Isaiah is a different story. It says that when you on the verge of fainting from difficulty, look to the Eternal God who created all things and He will give you strength (not comfort). He will make you able to fight the good fight for another day.
This next Sunday is the Third Sunday of Advent, Joy Sunday. Not all of us feel excited about this. Some of us actually dread what’s to come, Christmas, and hope it arrives and passes quickly. If you are one of those people, especially if it’s because you have lost a loved one, are suffering from a broken marriage, or have had the realization that your life is in shambles–look to God, the Great Creator who makes all things new just as He did when He was born of a virgin.
Sometimes burdens are just plain heavy and cannot feel light. During those times reflect on the words of Isaiah. “They that hope in the Lord will renew their strength, they will soar as with eagles’ wings; they will run and not grow weary, walk and not grow faint.”
Scripture passages are excerpts from Isaiah 40:25-31. Photo of Golden Eagle by employee at Denali National Park and Preserve; work of U.S. Federal government, public domain. Retrieved on Wikimedia Commons.