S e n t i r e C u m E c c l e s i a

"To keep ourselves right in all things, we ought to hold fast to this principle: What seems to me to be white, I will believe to be black if the hierarchical Church thus determines it. For we believe that between Christ our Lord, the Bridegroom, and the Church, His Spouse, there is the one same Spirit who governs and guides us for the salvation of our souls..." - Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius [365]

Friday, July 21, 2006

Come... and Rest

We hear Jesus in this Sunda's Gospel telling His disciples to rest and recharge for the ministry. Surely, the apostles were tired from all the labors that they did with Jesus for the Kingdom. And Jesus was very aware of that. Hence, He invites His disciples to rest and to pray, for them to be energized and be ready for the mission that lies ahead of them.

I believe that Jesus extends the same invitation to all of us this Sunday. Jesus knows very well all our concerns and worries, and he knows how burdened and weary we all are facing up to all the challenges that life hurls at us. And the invitation is simply to rest and pray -- to recharge and re-energize from the fount of all life, Jesus Himself.

So as we begin another week ahead of us, let us try to be conscious of the gentle invitation of Jesus to rest and pray. That at the end of our day, we make sure that we are refreshed and revitalized by Him who is the source of our life. Amen.


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