‘Come to me, all you who labour and are overburdened, and I will give you rest.’Matthew 11:28

The Struggle

A classic question you will hear from the average struggling Catholic or Christian is, ‘Given my situation, it is difficult to trust in God’s word.’ The truth is that life, as we know it today, is not what God created it to be. God intended for us dwell in a world where everything is in harmony, everyone loves each other, and people dwell in peace and work to develop themselves and achieve the common good. But through the sin of obedience, our first parents created a rift in our world that has resulted in selfishness, hardship and chaos that we live in. But even in the midst of this confusion, God still wishes to fulfil his plans for our lives. How does God intervene in our situation to help us change our lives? He did this by sending his Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, the second person of the Blessed Trinity to take flesh and be born, to live, preach, suffer, die and be raised from the dead so that all who believe in Him will receive the forgiveness of their sins (Mt 1:21). We prepare for his coming during this season of Advent. His coming signals the hope of a transformation of our world and our human condition.

What Changed?

What changed in the world as a result of Christ’s coming? Because of Christ’s coming in the flesh, we know now that death is no longer the end of everything. With the coming of Christ, joy and hope came into the world. Since death has no dominion over Jesus (Rom 6:9), it has no more power over us, either, who belong to Christ (Youth Catechism, YouCat #108).

Hope For You

Hope is the power by which we firmly and constantly long for what we were placed on earth to do which is to praise God and to serve him; and for our true happiness, which is finding our fulfilment in God; and for our final home: in God (YouCat #308). Hope is trust in what God has promised us:

  • In creation, through our gifts and endowments (physical, mental and spiritual), by which we attain to the joy and peace that this life has to offer.
  • In the prophets (Isaiah tells us today that those who hope in the Lord renew their strength, they put out wings like eagles. They run and do not grow weary, walk and never tire, Isa 40:31).
  • But especially in Jesus Christ who assures us that we shall find rest if we come to him. He tells us, ‘My yoke is easy and my burden light’. (Mt 11:30).

God’s Holy Spirit is given to us so that we can patiently hope for the Truth and for the fulfilment of God’s plan for our lives. Pray for the gift of trust in God’s plan. And pray against every form of discouragement because it is the mission of the evil one to sow the deed of distrust and to take away your hope in God.

Prayer

May God deliver us from every evil. May He continue to establish our hearts in faith, hope and unending love, so that we will always dwell in his presence both now and always, through Christ our Lord.

 Today’s Readings

Isa 40:25-31; Ps 103:1-4,8,10; Mt 11:28-30

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