Second Wednesday of Advent – Is 40:25-31; Matthew 11:28-30

Come to me, all you who labour, and are overburdened, and I will give you rest.

Jesus’ invitation is addressed to the sick, the oppressed and the poor. They are aware of their total dependence on God. Weakness and pain require healing. It’s entirely differently understood by contemporary “starlets” – celebrities and influencers who demonstrate their self-sufficiency and independence from normal standards, criteria and good customs.

Jesus, as the divine Physician, soothes human hearts with the balm of mercy, bringing relief in suffering, hope in despair and comfort in sadness. The condition is to stand humbly before Him and open up with trust to Jesus’ action, which manifests itself in inviting Him into your life, relationships, fears, pain and distress.

Following the advice of Saint Peter, let’s try to put into practice his words: “Cast all your worries on Him, because He cares about you” (1 Pt 5:7).

Lord, I want to find within myself the humble Advent path. I don’t want to only moan about all that needs to be done, and what I have sacrificed for You, but to always be strengthened by seeing Your wisdom and power.