Are you getting enough rest in your life? Ask yourself the following: Do I get sufficient physical rest? That includes finding the right balance of exercise and sleep, invigorating activity as well as restful, rejuvenating times. Do I enjoy enough emotional rest? Ministry is stressful and emotionally demanding. Do I plan enough down time, as well as time with family, friends, and colleagues who let me relax and be myself so I can recharge my emotional batteries? How about spiritual rest? Am I spiritually antsy, suffering from a kind of spiritual insomnia? Or am I able to "rest in God"? In my prayer life, do I turn to God for consolation and strength? Am I able to quiet down the 10,000 voices inside and hear the "still small voice" of God?
Is Hannah dead? A 4-year-old asked his mom about a little friend he hadn't seen in a while. The mother could see the bewilderment and worry in her son's face. Death had become a big issue for him even though he didn't quite understand what it was all about. "Oh, honey, of course, not," the mom assured him. "We'll get together with her soon." In a similar vein, Christians of every age worry about where Jesus is and what's to become of us. We ask questions about things we don't really understand. And when Jesus provides answers, we're even more confused. Like a child's innocent queries, our questioning is all part of our spiritual development and growth, but for the sake of a good night's sleep, we should remember Jesus' words of consolation when our concerns run too deep: "Do not let your hearts be troubled."Restricted
I will renew with you the everlasting covenant. The reading from the prophet marks the end of the second part of Isaiah, the "Book of Consolation," so-called because it begins at 40:1 with the words, "Comfort, O comfort my people, says your God." Isaiah's invitation, reminiscent of Wisdom's invitation to a feast in Proverbs 9, calls for the restoration of the people of Israel in the renewal of God's covenant. Like the gospel, it uses physical food to represent the spiritual food with which God feeds God's people. Homily points The family table is set without price. God blesses the world with the same generous hand. Jesus fed the multitude without a pop quiz first. He fed them because they were hungry. How do we supply the "Jesus table" of hospitality and welcome to others?Authors Joel SchornRestricted
A church at peace, growing, and in awe of the Lord. A God who can overcome our limitations. A Lord to whom we are joined as branches to a vine. The readings for this Sunday exude a sense of well-being, a kind of Easter confidence. Try to place yourself in this goodness as you read today’s scripture. How does God’s Spirit console me? Where do I find consolation in myself, my colleagues, my community? In what ways has God overcome my doubts, fears, and mistakes and filled me with reassurance? What concrete deeds of love and discipleship have I heard of or experienced recently and can celebrate? Have I found examples in my life of how a close daily relationship with Jesus has borne fruit?Restricted