Come to Me, All You Who Labor and Are Burdened, and I Will Give You Rest
Dear sisters and brothers in Christ Jesus,
“Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest.” Jesus wants us to be with Him—not just in heaven in the future, but right now in the midst of our earthly labors. God made us for work, to cultivate the earth and care for the rest of creation, but also for rest and relationship. We need to check in with God, to consciously make an effort to talk to God and listen to God.
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament is a great way to spend time with Jesus. A brief rest from our labors gives rest to our bodies and minds. Spending this time with Jesus builds up our relationship with Him and gives Him a chance to speak to us. The Monstrance on the altar makes Jesus visible to us. It extends the moment of the Mass where the priest elevates the Host and shows the Eucharist to us immediately after the Consecration. When Jesus is exposed to us, we are exposed to Him. Even when the Eucharist is not exposed we can present ourselves before Him in the Tabernacle. And if we cannot get to a church to be with Christ physically, we can always invite Jesus to be with us in our homes, in the cab of our tractor, or in our vehicle during our commute.
We don’t need to fill our prayer time with words; just being with Jesus is enough. Let Him do all the work; His “yoke is easy” because He does most of the pulling! Our time in adoration is time well spent. It is spiritual refreshment as well as physical rest. Hand your burdens over to Jesus and rest in Him.
Peace in Christ,
Father Matthew Kuhn