Be Someone’s Rest

Greetings on this the Memorial of Saint Francis of Assisi, Religious
Readings: Gal 6:14-18; Ps 16:1b-2a and 5, 7-8, 11; Mt 11:25-30
Notes: My professional life and sometimes my life in the Church has been one of projects.

Projects are temporary efforts to attain a specific result.

They have a beginning and an end. They have charters, scope, goals, objectives, measurements, budgets, resources, and timelines. They are verified with quality assurance and quality control.

It is challenging and rewarding work.

Great care must be taken to not interfere with the activities of the teams as well as the handling of various hazards and impediments to progress.

The purpose should always be for the good of humanity and the care of creation.

While projects are necessary, among all the events of one’s spiritual life, the greatest act is to hug the unhuggable and to embrace those who have none to love them.


Francis of Assisi was poor only that he might be Christ-like.

First reading
May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ,
through which the world has been crucified to me,
and I to the world.

Peace and mercy be to all who follow this rule and to the Israel of God.

Responsorial Psalm
You are my inheritance, O Lord.

You will show me the path to life,
fullness of joys in your presence,
the delights at your right hand forever.

Alleluia Verse
Blessed are you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth;
you have revealed to little ones the mysteries of the Kingdom.

Gospel Portion
“Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened,
and I will give you rest.
Take my yoke upon you and learn from me,
for I am meek and humble of heart;
and you will find rest for yourselves.
For my yoke is easy, and my burden light.”

  • For me, I both wish this for myself and my family.
  • For me, I wish to be an agent of this grace for the world.


  • Rest in Jesus, my friends.
  • Be rest for others.

Peace be with you,
Deacon Gerry

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