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Tuesday, December 8, 2020

Reflection 2020-12-09 Wednesday Second Week of Advent – St Juan Diego

Isaiah 40:25-31; Psalm 103; Matthew 11:28-30

The Readings today show us a God who is powerful, yet tender, a God who desires to comfort us. The First Reading begins with a question: To whom will you compare me, or who is my equal? The simple answer to this is there is no other God. God has no rival. He tells us to look at the heavens and he asks who created these? With this, God reminds us he alone is God. And for those who think God has abandoned them, he says: have you not known? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary: his understanding is unsearchable. With this, we see God’s desire to take care of us. And we see this in the Gospel where Jesus says: Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. God wants to comfort us. He wants to give us rest when we are burdened.
In today’s situation of the pandemic, many long for God’s presence. He seems absent. He seems not to care. But he tells us: look up the heavens and remember who created them. He cares for you. He will not faint nor grow weary. He is mighty God who will never abandon you. But there is a condition. Jesus says: come to me. If we want to find rest, we come to Jesus, and open our hearts to him. We cannot have peace until we come to Jesus.
If you are reading this and you are burdened by something, it could be some problems, it could be a sin you committed that is hounding you, or a situation that happened to you in the past that has scarred you, come to Jesus for your healing. If you are afraid or confused, come to Jesus to find peace and clarity. The Psalm today says: The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. He does not deal with us according to our sins, nor repay us according to our iniquities. If we have sinned against him, he calls us to come to him because he wants to heal us, to forgive us and give us peace. If we are worried, he calls us to come to him to encounter his power to free us from fear.
Come to Jesus and learn from him and you will find rest. We need to come and see the goodness of the Lord so we can find rest.
St Juan Diego was a simple man yet, our Lady appeared to reveal a message to him. Juan was reluctant at first because he saw himself as someone who had nothing to give. Yet, our Lady insisted and in the end, she performed a miracle through him. She told him: Am I not here, who is your mother? She also says this to us. We may be afraid or think we are nothing before God. But God cares for you and he created you for a purpose. If you are afraid of coming to Jesus directly, come through his Mother who will bring you to him.
Lord Jesus, I come to you in fear perhaps, in shame or in confusion. I hold to your promise to give me rest when I learn from you. Reveal yourself to me so I may find rest. Mother Mary, I am a nobody, yet, here I am, confident you will lead me to Jesus as he calls me. St Juan Diego, teach me to trust in the mercy of God as shown through Our Lady of Guadalupe.

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