Lord, I believe that you are present here. You know me through and through, and
despite my weaknesses, sins and imperfections you love me. Lord, thank you for your love. Today I
give you my mind, my heart and my will. Mold me and use me as you wish.
Mary, obtain for me the grace to understand and live the Christian meaning of rest.
1. A Needed Rest:
Jesus knows that his disciples need to rest after returning
from a long stint of missionary work. There is a need to replenish energies physical, mental
and spiritual. It is within God's will to put moments of physical rest into our daily programs.
Jesus tells the apostles to get away together and with him. Physical rest, of course, is not
laziness or dissipation. It is not a place to lose the spiritual tautness of our soul towards God
and his things, or the readiness to do God's will at all times.
2. Thinking About
Jesus teaches us that being ready to do God's will in everything means also being
always ready to serve others. How beautiful it is when families can relax together with each member
not just selfishly thinking about myself, how much fun I can have, or making sure everyone obeys my
whims! In a culture where "vacation" is synonymous with “loafing,” Jesus reminds us that for a
Christian, relaxing and having fun are not incompatible with thinking about and serving others.
Jesus compassionate heart was always active, and even with rest on his mind, he was moved to give
himself to the people who needed to hear the Word of God. Is my heart like Christ's? Am I aware of
the physical and spiritual needs of my family and friends even on my "day off"?
Thinking About God:
There is a deeper meaning to "rest": turning all our activity to glorify
God and expressing our loving dependence on him. He commanded us to set apart one day of the week to
"rest" in him, to direct our hearts and minds to him, to offer him the fruits of our week's work,
and to receive his grace to begin another week. Sunday must be the highlight of a Christian's week,
not just because he finds respite from his work, but because he offers all his work and
himself to God the Father during the communal celebration of Mass, the heart of Sunday. This
God-centered focus is extended throughout the whole Sunday rest, where "daily concerns and tasks can
find their proper perspective: the material things about which we worry give way to spiritual
values; in a moment of encounter and less pressured exchange, we see the true face of the people
with whom we live. Even the beauties of nature too often marred by the desire to exploit, which
turns against man himself can be rediscovered and enjoyed to the full" (John Paul II, Dies
Conversation with Christ:
Lord Jesus, help me to find my true rest
in you. You are the
source of all that is good. Help me to order all my work and
things towards spiritual values. Help me make Mass
the heart of my Sunday. As well, help me use
Sunday to see
the true face of my family, friends, colleagues and clients:
they are souls
which you call me to love, serve, and bring closer to you.
I will find some concrete way to prepare myself and my family for the celebration
of Sunday Mass: reflecting on the Mass readings, organizing ourselves to arrive early to visit Jesus
in the Blessed Sacrament, doing some service of charity like visiting the sick or elderly,