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Mt 11: 28-30

“Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

 

Letting go of our burdens

In late May, the World Health Organization redefined burnout – as a syndrome of chronic stress at work. Yikes! In today’s Gospel, Jesus instructs us: “Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest.” In 2019, it’s easy to find yourself “burdened” – whether by work, your personal life, or another reason. Today, my question is simple: How often do you seek out Jesus as a source of comfort, rest, and refreshment when you feel weighed down? How can you begin to practice this so you “will find rest for your souls?”

—Mikayla Lofton is the Grants Program Manager for the Cristo Rey Network and was a Jesuit Volunteer in Atlanta (‘15-’16).

 

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Mt 11: 28-30

“Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

 


Ignatian Reflection

Letting go of our burdens

In late May, the World Health Organization redefined burnout – as a syndrome of chronic stress at work. Yikes! In today’s Gospel, Jesus instructs us: “Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest.” In 2019, it’s easy to find yourself “burdened” – whether by work, your personal life, or another reason. Today, my question is simple: How often do you seek out Jesus as a source of comfort, rest, and refreshment when you feel weighed down? How can you begin to practice this so you “will find rest for your souls?”

—Mikayla Lofton is the Grants Program Manager for the Cristo Rey Network and was a Jesuit Volunteer in Atlanta (‘15-’16).

 


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God, I believe that at this moment I am in your presence and you are loving me.

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God, you know my needs better than I know them. Give me your light and your help to see how you have been with me, both yesterday and today.

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God, help me to be grateful for the moments when people have affirmed me and challenged me. Help me to see how I have responded, and whether I have been kind to others and open to growth.

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God, forgive me for when I have not done my best or have failed to treat others well. Encourage me, guide me, and continue to bless me.

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As I look to the remainder of this day, make me aware that you are with me. Show me how to be the person you want me to be.

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