Saint Damasus I, Pope
Isaiah 40:25-31; Psalm 103:1-4, 8, 10;Matthew 11:28-30
Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened. (Matthew 11:28)
As you ponder today’s Gospel reading, imagine Jesus standing before you with outstretched arms, inviting you into his embrace. His eyes are filled with compassion as he says, “I will always love you. I never stop thinking about you. Did you think that I had rejected you? Never! On the contrary, I call you. Come to me.
“Come, you who hide under shame’s dark shadow, and let my light shine into your darkness.
“Come, you who have searched the world for success and been disappointed, for in me your soul will find rest.
“Come, you who are sick, and let me ease your suffering.
“Come, you who toil under the weight of addiction, and I will help you shoulder your burden.
“Come, you victims of violence, and I will give you my protection and peace.
“Come, you whose marriage is in tatters, and I will strengthen your love with my own.
“Come, you who have been rejected, for I accept you unconditionally.
“Come, you who despair of my mercy, for I offer you forgiveness in abundance.
“Yes, come to me. Open your heart to me at any time, any hour. I love it when we spend time together and you confide in me.
“Come to me, for I am true Wisdom. I want to teach you by my word. Open the Scriptures and let me speak to you. Rejoice in my love for you and the whole world!
“Come to me, for I am Mercy incarnate. Let me cleanse you in the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Lay down your burden; I have waited so long.
“Come to me, for I am the Bread of Life. Let me nourish you at the Eucharistic feast. Come without fear to receive me, your Savior, and I will give you all of myself: body, blood, soul, and divinity.
“Come and take my yoke upon you. Learn from me, for I am gentle and humble of heart, and you will find rest for your soul.”
“Jesus, I am amazed at your love. Here I am, Lord!”