Gospel: Mt 11:28-30
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 of heart; and you will find rest. For my yoke is easy; and my burden is light.”
Nowadays there is a lot of talk about stress and about burnout. It seems that the pace of modern living has become such that our nervous system just cannot cope with it. Despite all our so-called “labor-saving devices,” we never pack enough meetings, textings, interviews, cellphone calls and messages to do everything we want to do—including some forms of dangerous multi-tasking like texting and driving a car. No wonder people develop all kinds of psychosomatic disorders. We simply do not know how to rest, and this is making us miserable.
By contrast, it is interesting to notice some exceptional people who lead very active lives but who are always relaxed, serene, self-possessed. What is their secret? If you observe them closely, you will soon discover that, every now and then, they withdraw from the general frenzy and pray. If you ask them what they are doing, they might answer you, “I am recharging my batteries with the Lord. He told us to go to him when we feel burdened and weary. Well, that is what I do. And I come out of my prayer wonderfully refreshed. Try it and you will see. It always works.” That is what they will tell you. Why not try it yourself?