Resting in God’s provisions

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Wednesday, July 2, 2014


JESUS, in this Sunday’s gospel, tells us, “Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light” (Matthew 11:28-30).

How comforting to a world that is tired, that is laden with heavy loads, and that is trudging in difficult paths! For truly, as sang in this week’s liturgy, “The LORD is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. The LORD is good to all, and his compassion is over all that he has made” (Psalm 145:8-9).

Nobody will argue that modern life is stressful. Everybody just seems to be on the go---so much to do in so little time. Everyone is on the rat race, but as Lily Tomlin puts it, “The problem with being in the rat race is that even if you win, you’re still a rat.” Humorous but the message is very true.

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The quest for worldly idols like money has given rise to a disordered framework of human values. The Dalai Lama, although not a Christian in the strict sense, has given this valid observation: “Man sacrifices his health in order to make money. Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health. Then he is so anxious about the future that he doesn’t enjoy the present: the result being that he does not live in the present or the future; he lives as if he is never going to die, and then dies having never really lived.”

What then is the secret of finding life and rest? It is to put our lives in the hands of our loving God. Our LORD Jesus himself said, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid” (John 14:27). Thus, St. Peter reminds us, “Cast all your anxiety on him, for he cares for you” (1 Peter 5:7).

To realize these provisions demands that we do away with worry and place God first in our lives. Jesus taught us, “Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear?’ For it is the Gentiles who strive for all these things; and indeed your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But strive first for the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well” (Matthew 6:31-33).

This is the secret: to rest in God’s provisions.

Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on July 03, 2014.

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