2nd Week of Advent
Psalter: Week 2
Ps 103:1–2, 3–4, 8 and 10
O bless the Lord, my soul!
1st Reading: Is 40:25–31
To whom, then, will you liken me
or make me equal? says the Holy One.
Lift up your eyes and see:
who has created all this?
He has ordered them as a starry host
and called them each by name.
So mighty is his power,
so great his strength,
that not one of them is missing.
How can you say, O Jacob,
how can you complain, O Israel,
that your destiny is hidden from me,
that your rights are ignored by Yahweh?
Have you not known, have you not heard
that Yahweh is an everlasting God,
the Creator of the ends of the earth?
He does not grow tired or weary,
his knowledge is without limit.
He gives strength to the enfeebled,
he gives vigor to the wearied.
Youth may grow tired and faint,
young men will stumble and fall,
but those who hope in Yahweh
will renew their strength.
They will soar as with eagle’s wings;
they will run and not grow weary; they will walk and never tire.
Gospel: Mt 11:28–30
Jesus said to the crowds: “Come to me, all you who work hard and who carry heavy burdens and I will refresh you. 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 good and my burden is light.”
Many years ago, I watched a movie that still remains etched in my mind for several reasons. One of them is a scene wherein an art teacher teaches a class of second graders. He tells them the story of a proud kite, colorful and glorious, flying high up the skies, much to the envy of the birds. One of the birds praised him, but wondered how much higher the kite could actually fly if it could get rid of the thread on its legs, controlled by the child on the ground. The proud kite buys into it and asks the bird to cut off the thread with its beak. The moment the bird did so, the kite lost direction, fell to the ground, torn to pieces, much to the grief of the child. Narrating the story, the art teacher tells the teary-eyed students: “Fly high, as high as you want. We, your teachers and parents, are only happy to let you fly higher and we will adjust the thread accordingly. But never consider the thread to be a chain limiting your freedom. Never cut yourself off it. For, it is that thread that helps us guide you and helps you fly higher.”
Never consider the yoke of Christ as limiting your freedom. Instead, it helps you walk, run, and soar as with eagle’s wings.
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