Cycle A

Good News A32

Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

 

Matthew 11:25-30 New American Bible

Matthew 11:25-30 Bible Gateway New International Version

 

“Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest.”

 

In the morning when the sun comes up, you hear a voice saying, “It’s time to get up.”  You sit up on the edge of your bed and say, “What a glorious day!  This is the day the Lord has made!”  Then you curl up under the covers hoping that your parents will let you snooze longer.

If this is you, and you don’t want to get up in the morning, you need a little one-on-one time with God.  It’s possible that things that are happening in your life and the world that is causing you to be unhappy.  This restlessness is choking the word of God within you.  You need more time to talk with God and understand what his plans are for you.

Find yourself a comfortable spot in your favorite corner, on the front porch swing, or on the bench in your backyard.  Decide to go there once or twice a day to talk with God about your problems.  Take a small box and decorate it.  Label it, “Worries for God.”  Write a word or draw a picture on a piece of paper for each problem.  Then place it in the box. 

Tell God your troubles.  “I worry because my Grandma because she can’t see well enough to cook my favorite cookies. I worry if I will make the soccer team.  I worry that I won’t be able to pass Summer School. I worry about Americans who forget the many blessings of freedom God has given them. I worry that my Uncle Ned might be killed while he is in the army fighting terrorism.”

  When you are tired and worried, Jesus will lighten your burden.  If your shoulders are sore from carrying troubles, ask Jesus to carry some of the load for you.  If your legs are tired from running to get this and that for your brother who is sick, ask Jesus to give you energy.  If your arms are tired from helping to wash your family car, ask Jesus to help.  If you are tired of picking up all the toys you left all over the house, ask Jesus to give you strong arms and help you remember to put things back where they belong.

Give God your problems.  Have faith that He will create what is best for you. When you do this, you will feel good energy coming back into your body.  God will erase all fears from your mind.  Happy thoughts will replace the worries. God will fill you with faith, hope, and love.  Then you can close your “Worry” box and put it away.  When new worries come up and you are sad, sit with God again and give your new worries to God.

Counting or naming your blessings is a good way to cheer yourself up.  It delights God to hear you thanking him for the many good things he has given you. You can also make and decorate a “God’s Blessings” box.  Then write or draw a picture of one of the good things God has done for you and put it in the box. 

In the “Our Father” you say, “Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread.” This means you are asking God to give you everything you need each day of your life.  This includes everything you need to be at peace with yourself and others. It means He will help carry your troubles for you so you can rest. All you have to do is ask. 

Having one-on-one time with God will keep you going happily along the path to His heavenly kingdom.  Try it.  You’ll like it.

 

Say the “Our Father” and tell him thank you for carrying your load for you when it was too heavy for you to carry.  Tell God that you are so glad that he helped you understand his word so that the weeds will not choke you.  You want your seed to grow to bloom as God wants you to bloom.

 

“Our Father, who art in Heaven,

Hallowed be Thy name.

Thy kingdom come.

Thy will be done,

On earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day, our daily bread.

And forgive us our trespasses,

As we forgive those who trespass against us.

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.  Amen.”

            

                  

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