Matthew 11: 28-30
Wednesday of the Second Week of Advent
On my way to and from work today, I will contemplate Christ meek and humble in the manger at Bethlehem. I will imitate his loving humility in my own life and have the confidence to turn to him for help with my failings.
Lord, you know the sincerity of my desire to spend this
time with you. As I begin this meditation, I believe that you are here with me, that you never
abandon me. Because I love you, my one wish is to please and console you in your solitude in the
tabernacle. I hope in the boundless mercy that motivated your incarnation. May we one day meet again
in your heavenly kingdom.
Mary, you who are the perfect model of humility,
help me to be meek and humble like Christ your Son, who out of love for me became a helpless infant
1. Who Is This Man?
Who is this man who stands before us in this Gospel—the man
whose gaze has penetrated into the most secret recesses of our souls and discovered what lies hidden
there? A man who recognizes that we labor, that we are burdened by the demands of life, weighed down
by our sins and imperfections, straining under the load of our passions and unfulfilled desires. Who
is this man who would dare promise what we have always longed for in the inner sanctuaries of our
consciences, yet never quite allowed ourselves to hope for? Who could utter such a simple, gentle,
and appealing invitation, more than we could ever find ourselves worthy of: "Come to me… and I will
give you rest"? Who but God himself?
2. How Can We Come to Him?
How can we accept the invitation
of the one who is God become man? How can we come to him? How can we attain what our souls have
longed for all the days of our existence? Christ himself gives us the answer: "Take my yoke upon you
and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart." He is so humble that he does not even wait
for us to respond to his invitation. He humbles himself so that he can first come to us at
Christmas. To discover how to turn to him with our heavy burden of selfishness and unrestrained
passions, we can first approach the manger where the King of Kings lies so helplessly.
3. A Mystery of Humility
Bethlehem is a mystery of humility and love. Doesn't Christ seem humble to
you, reduced to the state of a helpless infant? Without words or speeches he teaches a living lesson
we need to feel with all the intensity of which we are capable, allowing the consequences to spring
forth on their own. Can we imagine any other state in which the goodness and humility of God radiate
more clearly? Before this helpless child, who is God Incarnate out of love for us, we are reduced to
silent wonder. All vain ambitions fade, all anger and bitter passion soften and all idle pursuits
are driven far from our hearts. The yoke that burdened us, the rod of our taskmaster, is smashed and
it is replaced by the light and easy yoke of love.
Conversation with Christ:
help me to penetrate more deeply into the mystery of your becoming a helpless and innocent child at
Bethlehem for me. Help me to grow in goodness of heart so I can radiate your goodness to those
On my way to and from work today, I will contemplate Christ meek
and humble in the manger at Bethlehem. I will imitate his loving humility in my own life and have
the confidence to turn to him for help with my failings.