A reading from the Book of Isaiah (Isaiah 40 :25-31)
The Lord is strong in power and gives power to the faint
To whom will you compare me that I should be like him? says the Holy One. Lift up your eyes on high and see: who created these? He who brings out their host by number, calling them all by name; by the greatness of his might, and because he is strong in power not one is missing. Why do you say, O Jacob, and speak, O Israel, “My way is hidden from the Lord, and my right is disregarded by my God”? Have you not known? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary, his understanding is unsearchable. He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength. Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted; but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.
The word of the Lord.
RESPONSORIAL PSALM (Psalm l03:1-2.3-4.8and10(R.la)
R. Bless the Lord, O my soul.
Bless the Lord, O my soul,
and all within me, his holy name.
Bless the Lord, O my soul,
and never forget all his benefits. R
It is the Lord who forgives all your sins,
who heals every one of your ills,
who redeems your life from the grave,
who crowns you with mercy and compassion. R
The Lord is compassionate and gracious,
slow to anger and rich in mercy.
He does not treat us according to our sins,
nor repay us according to our faults. R
Alleluia. Alleluia. Behold, the Lord is coming to save his people;
blessed are those who are ready to meet him.
A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew (Matthew 11:28-30)
“Come to me, all who labour.”
At that time: Jesus said, “Come to me, all who labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
The Gospel of the Lord.
In the first reading God is revealed as Almighty and of Everlasting strength. All who walk with him will never get tired. In the second reading we are assured that, though the burden of existential struggle is heavy, if we walk with the Lord, it becomes light. Lesson: Christ did not come to carry our cross. No! he came to carry his own and to teach us how to carry ours. The cross is inevitable but those who carry it, following the footstep of the Lord, will find it very light.
Lord, give us the spirit of followership which entails denying ourselves and carrying our crosses to follow you.