December 7, 2011
Tuesday of the Second Week of Advent
Father Walter Schu, LC
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Jesus said to the crowds: “Come to me, all
you who labor and are burdened, and I will give
you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from
me, for I am meek and humble of heart; and
you will find rest for yourselves. For my yoke is
easy, and my burden light.”
Introductory Prayer: Lord, you know
the sincerity of my desire to spend this time with
you. As I begin this meditation, I believe that you
are here with me, that you never abandon me. Because
I love you, my one wish is to please and
console you in your solitude in the tabernacle. I hope
in the boundless mercy that motivated your incarnation. May we
one day meet again in your heavenly kingdom.
Petition: Mary, you
who are the perfect model of humility, help me to
be meek and humble like Christ your Son, who out
of love for me became a helpless infant at Bethlehem.
Who Is This Man? Who is this man who stands
before us in this Gospel—the man whose gaze has penetrated
into the most secret recesses of our souls and discovered
what lies hidden there? A man who recognizes that we
labor, that we are burdened by the demands of life,
weighed down by our sins and imperfections, straining under the
load of our passions and unfulfilled desires. Who is this
man who would dare promise what we have always longed
for in the inner sanctuaries of our consciences, yet never
quite allowed ourselves to hope for? Who could utter such
a simple, gentle, and appealing invitation, more than we could
ever find ourselves worthy of: “Come to me… and I
will give you rest”? Who but God himself?
2. How Can
We Come to Him? How can we accept the invitation
of the one who is God become man? How can
we come to him? How can we attain what our
souls have longed for all the days of our existence?
Christ himself gives us the answer: “Take my yoke upon
you and learn from me, for I am meek and
humble of heart.” He is so humble that he does
not even wait for us to respond to his invitation.
He humbles himself so that he can first come to
us at Christmas. To discover how to turn to him
with our heavy burden of selfishness and unrestrained passions, we
can first approach the manger where the King of Kings
lies so helplessly.
3. A Mystery of Humility and Love: Bethlehem
is a mystery of humility and love. Doesn’t Christ seem
humble to you, reduced to the state of a helpless
infant? Without words or speeches he teaches a living lesson
we need to feel with all the intensity of which
we are capable, allowing the consequences to spring forth on
their own. Can we imagine any other state in which
the goodness and humility of God radiate more clearly? Before
this helpless child, who is God Incarnate out of love
for us, we are reduced to silent wonder. All vain
ambitions fade, all anger and bitter passion soften and all
idle pursuits are driven far from our hearts. The yoke
that burdened us, the rod of our taskmaster, is smashed
and it is replaced by the light and easy yoke
Conversation with Christ: Lord, help me to penetrate more
deeply into the mystery of your becoming a helpless and
innocent child at Bethlehem for me. Help me to grow
in goodness of heart so I can radiate your goodness
to those around me.
Resolution: On my way to and from
work today, I will contemplate Christ meek and humble in
the manger at Bethlehem. I will imitate his loving humility
in my own life and have the confidence to turn
to him for help with my failings.