by Cindy Wenninghoff, Notre Dame Sisters Assoicate
Such wonderful readings for the week and how beautiful and comforting it is to know that as the Spirit resides in us, we have nothing to fear. I love how the readings come together and just remind us of how blessed we are. First, we have the prophet Zechariah telling us to rejoice for a savior is coming, and not just any savior, but one who is meek and riding on an ass. Then the Psalms and Paul continue extolling his mercy and kindness and that he resides in us. And finally Jesus’ own words, words I’m sure we are all familiar with – “Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest… For my yoke is easy, and my burden light.”
I am a worrier, and often feel that I’m constantly asking God to hear me. Work can be overwhelming, I have friends battling cancer and family struggling with jobs and I worry for my children just because that is what a mother does. But then I look around and see so much pain – parents with children who are battling incurable diseases, teen suicides, random murders, and war on the horizon. And I feel that my problems are so small compared to many others, and it humbles me to watch their sacrifices and their pain. I’ve made it a point now, to say a little prayer when I hear of these events, and whenever I feel anxious, to remind myself of this reading. Nothing is too big or too small for Jesus—and he doesn’t come to the wise and learned but to the little ones. So even though I don’t understand why so many have to suffer, and I may not be the best at reading the Bible, or praying as often as I should, if I can just put my trust in the Spirit, just have a mustard seed of faith, then the Spirit can be in me. And once that happens, it’s easy to find joy and to be a comfort to others too.