“Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, 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.”
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved. http://www.usccb.org/bible/approved-translation
At this time of year, we look forward to time off at Christmas but we know there is so much to do before then. For students (and teachers), there is the end of semester work and exams. There are extra parties, works of charity, and the other ways we get ready for the holidays. It can all be overwhelming and tiring. But in the calming words of today’s gospel, Jesus sees our fatigue and offers us rest. He walks beside us and offers to carry our burdens. Let’s find time to pause today and remember we are never alone because of Jesus’ love and friendship.
—Kathy O’Keefe teaches Theology at Creighton Prep.
Happy Juan Diego, true and faithful man! We entrust to you our lay brothers and sisters so that, feeling the call to holiness, they may imbue every area of social life with the spirit of the Gospel.
Bless families, strengthen spouses in their marriage, and sustain the efforts of parents to give their children a Christian upbringing. Look with favor upon the pain of those who are suffering in body or in spirit, on those afflicted by poverty, loneliness, marginalization or ignorance.
May all people, civic leaders and ordinary citizens, always act in accordance with the demands of justice and with respect for the dignity of each person, so that in this way peace may be reinforced.
—St. John Paul II, July 31, 2002, the day of St. Juan Diego’s canonizationPlease share the Good Word with your friends!