Daily Advent Reflections Day 11 – We All Labor

Readings for Wednesday of the Second Week in Advent: Isaiah 40:25-31; Psalm 103; Matthew 11:28-30

"Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest."  Matthew 11:28

I have a sick toddler tonight, so please forgive me for the brevity of these reflections.  In today's Gospel reading, Jesus invites us to give him all of our problems.  To lay every burden we have down before Him at the foot of the cross.  For we all are broken and need Christ's healing.  In his commentary on these verses in Matthew, here is how the great Scripture scholar, Cornelius a Lapide, summarized it:

"All who labour, none are excluded. For there is no one who does not labour under some disease, and need Christ’s medicine. Therefore Christ offers Himself to all, that they may receive from Him health and safety. Thus did He kindly correct and heal Magdalen, Matthew, Paul, and Peter. Thus even now, in the Eucharist, He inviteth all and saith, Come unto me, ye infirm, hungry, afflicted ones I will refresh you."

Let us go to him this Advent so that we may find rest.

God love you.

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