Sisters of St. Francis of the Holy Cross in Green Bay, WI
Reflection for July 05, 2020

Reflection for July 05, 2020

An invitation to rest

In these times of stress, the Lord's invitation is one to share with others

Sister Jane Riha

“Come to me, all of 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.” (Matthew 11: 28-30)

This significant invitation comes from the heart of God who deeply loves each person. God desires to compassionately and gently heal the suffering and lift the heavy burdens born by so many especially due to the pandemic. No doubt, the invitation “to rest” is a deep longing of many. This resting in God requires a letting go and surrender so that one can feel the calm and peace that the Lord desires to give.

The extent of stress, trauma, and anxiety is keenly conveyed in daily news or perhaps in communication with family and friends. We have had to learn to live differently in the face of this reality. Considering all that bombards us each day, there remains the compelling invitation to rest in the humble and meek heart of the Lord. Can you accept the invitation?

The invitation is a call to approach our circumstances humbly so that the yoke of suffering is not overwhelming. As a community of God’s beloved people, each of us is invited to bring rest to others and help lift the burdens born by our companions on life’s journey. The humble and meek God bends down to lift us up. We are impelled to do the same for all of our brothers and sisters.


Cindi K Brawner
07/03/2020 6:15 am

Thank you Sr Jane, for this insightful reflection. It is needed by so many, including me. Have a safe and happy 4th of July!

Peace, Cindi

Sister Donna Koch
07/03/2020 7:24 am

Thank you Jane. This is a good reminder.

Dan Verstegen
07/03/2020 8:38 am

Wonderful passage and especially timely for me. Bless you and all the sisters.

07/03/2020 9:00 am

Just beautiful...muchas gracias.

Peter Schumacher
07/03/2020 10:16 am

I love this reading which comes at a perfect time. I can feel the comfort it brings me even as I read it and even more when one meditates on its meaning. Thanks you Sister Jane.

07/03/2020 10:45 am

That is a great reminder, thanks jane. I rested and relaxed just reading it.

Sr Rose Jochmann
07/03/2020 11:19 am

Thanks for your reflection on resting in God, letting go, surrendering!

Al Herrman
07/03/2020 6:42 pm

Particularly useful in these times.

Barb Graf
07/04/2020 10:39 am

Thanks, Jane, for these beautiful words.

Sally Ann Brickner
07/05/2020 7:10 am

Thank you, Sr. Jane, for your reflection. I will stop to take rests after physical exertion. This is a good reminder to at the same time, "rest in the Lord and lay my burdens in God's hands." I appreciate your invitation to lay the concerns of all in God's compassionate care.

Debbie Tahany
07/10/2020 7:27 pm

Good to remember, Covid puts an underlying stress on many of our daily transactions with others. Believing God is still in charge, and letting myself rest is a frequent prayer. Thanks.

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