St. Augustine said, “ You have made us for Yourself, O Lord and our hearts are restless until they rest in You”. St. Paul further exemplifies that partnership with Christ when he said, “I live not I, but Christ lives in me”.
The message of today’s reading is one of invitation. Christ reaching out to those who are burdened, tired or depressed on their journey. “Come to me and I will refresh you” – what consolation those words are, for all of us when we feel abandoned.
The psalmist in today’s responsorial psalm says, “the Lord supports all who fall” – again the assurance that we will not be dejected when human weakness takes hold. The message of Christ to the world, is really an assurance that He is very near and that He is a God of compassion, journeying with us every step of the way.
As Christians, we enter into allegiance or relationship with the Christ who assured the disciples, “I am with you”. “Do not be afraid”, He said, as He came walking on the water, as the boat the disciples were in was in danger.
So we submit our destiny to the care of our Heavenly Father and He will give us His Spirit to guide us on the way. It is in that conviction that we establish our relationship with God, who assures us of His care.
“Greater love no one has than to lay down their life for friends”. This is the ultimate assurance that He cares for us. We entrust ourselves to Him who is the Way, the Truth and the Life.
“Listen to the inner voice and be guided by prudent sounds”. Confucius.