First reading: Zechariah 9:9-10
Psalm: Psalm 144(145)
Second reading: Romans 8:9,11-13
Gospel: Matthew 11:25-30
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This week’s readings speak of our need to entrust all that we are and all that we do, to our God who will guide and help us.
The First Reading speaks of our joy in the power of the Lord to overcome war and violence, and bring the peace of his kingdom. We pray for the gentle and humble way of proceeding that is God’s way for us.
St Paul (Second Reading) reminds us that the Holy Spirit living within us will give us life and show us the way to live.
Jesus speaks of the need to come to him with a child-like trust: he knows we cannot understand or fulfil all that he asks of us in our own strength (Gospel). We may try, but find our labouring is burdensome. Instead, as we go about our daily tasks this week, we begin by quietly entrusting ourselves to the Lord, asking him to reveal to us all that is required for today. If we allow ourselves to rest in the Lord, trusting him for one step at a time, we will find his way is easy and light, and full of joy.
After coming to stillness in the presence of God, in whatever way is best for me, I pray for the grace of gratitude, of recognising that all I have and am is God’s gift to me.
I read this psalm of praise slowly, line by line, noticing those places where I am drawn to linger. Perhaps I repeat a word or a phrase several times, savouring its meaning, allowing it to resonate within me. This is God’s word for me today.
After a time, I share what I am thinking and feeling with our Lord. Do I feel in need of support? Or perhaps bowed down by life’s difficulties? I turn to the Lord who is kind and compassionate, and understands all my needs.
I end my prayer slowly, entrusting myself to God’s loving care.
Matthew 11: 25–30
As I begin my prayer today, I ask for the grace of a child-like trust and confidence in the goodness of God.
I take all the time I need to come to stillness and quiet in the presence of God. I know that the Lord accepts me in love just as I am, today and always. I am God’s precious child; I can be myself with the Lord in complete trust.
When I am ready, I read Jesus’ words. I do not hurry, but stay for a while with whatever word or phrase seems significant for me.
Perhaps today I feel overburdened by what seems asked of me in my life? Gently and humbly, I share with the Lord whatever is weighing heavily on me, asking him to share my burdens.
Does the Lord see my burdens in the same way as I do?
In what ways is he inviting me ... ? to rest … to rely on him … or...? I speak with Jesus as friend and saviour.
At the end of my prayer, I thank God for his presence with me today. I ask for whatever grace I need. Our Father...
Reflections based on Prego by St Bueno's Outreach in Diocese of Wrexham