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
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 Others:
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"?
3. Thinking About God:
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 Domini, 67).
Lord Jesus, help me to find my true rest in you. You are the
all that is good. Help me to order all my work and
material 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