"Let him desire and seek nothing except the greater praise and glory of God our Lord as the aim of all he does. For every one must keep in mind that in all that concerns the spiritual life his progress will be in proportion to his surrender of self-love and of his own will and interests."
St. Ignatius of Loyola, SJ
“Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened,
and I will give you rest.”
by Anne Hansen
These words from today’s gospel are an invitation as we face an uncertain future given the consequences of the coronavirus. Unemployment, evictions, failed businesses, and worry over childcare keep many awake at night. There is a sense of loss for the weddings, graduations, ordinations, first communions, confirmations, among so many other life events, that were long awaited and expected. Yet, Jesus tells us, 'I am here, come to me.'
Healthcare workers, the saints of our time, continue to serve with courage and dedication knowing they are exposed regularly to a wily virus that can harm them and their families. Jesus tells them, 'I am here, come to me.'
As we acknowledge and celebrate the anniversary of our country’s independence it is more important than ever to note the words etched on the Statue of Liberty. They mirror those of Jesus: “Give me your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free…send these, the homeless tempest-lost to me…” This, too, is an invitation.
As people of faith and responsible citizens we are invited to care for each other and particularly for those burdened, homeless, and “yearning to breathe”, a phrase with new meaning in this era of renewed attention to racial inequity. How faith influences our actions at this pivotal time in the history of our country will make a difference.