Come to me

Greetings on this the Memorial of Saint Ambrose, Bishop and Doctor of the Church
Readings: Is 40:25-31; PS 103:1-2, 3-4, 8 and 10; Mt 11:28-30
Notes: “Come to me” is an invitation.

In today’s gospel portion Jesus offers the answer to our deepest desires by simply walking with him.

Come to Me, a Poem

Come to me.
I know your hard work and burdens.
Come to me and rest.

Come to me.
Feel my warmth and breath upon you.
Learn from my hands, side by side.

Come to me.
Without fear of me, without fear of yourself.
I am quiet and gentle.

Come to me.
I am not interested in my importance.
How important you are to me!

Come to me.
I lead you in my peaceful ways.
I burden you in love, with love, for love.

Come to me.

“Which is the way to good?” and walk it; thus you will find rest for yourselves (Jer 6:16).

Reflection

Ambrose exemplifies for us the truly catholic character of Christianity. He is a man steeped in the learning, law, and culture of the ancients and of his contemporaries. Yet, in the midst of active involvement in this world, this thought runs through Ambrose’s life and preaching: The hidden meaning of the Scriptures calls our spirit to rise to another world.

Source https://www.franciscanmedia.org/saint-of-the-day/saint-ambrose/

First reading
They that hope in the LORD will renew their strength, they will soar as with eagles’ wings; They will run and not grow weary, walk and not grow faint.

Responsorial Psalm
O bless the Lord, my soul!

Bless the LORD, O my soul; and all my being, bless his holy name. Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits.

Alleluia Verse
Behold, the Lord comes to save his people; blessed are those prepared to meet him.

Gospel Portion
The Gentle Mastery of Christ.

Jesus said to the crowds: “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.”

Peace be with you,
Deacon Gerry

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