HOMILY FOR DECEMBER 7, MEMORIAL OF SAINT AMBROSE, BISHOP AND DOCTOR OF THE CHURCH.
THEME: Jesus said, ‘Come to me, all you who labour and are overburdened, and I will give you rest.
BY: Fr. Diotacious Chikontwe SMA.
*READINGS OF THE DAY*
Dear brothers and sisters, today, Jesus leads us to rest in God. He certainly is a demanding Father, because He loves us and invites us to give Him everything; but He is not an executioner. When He requires something of us it is to help us grow in His love. His only commandment is to love. We can suffer for love, but we can also rejoice in love and rest in love.https://www.homilyhub.com/homily-for-december-7-memorial-of-saint-ambrose-bishop-and-doctor-of-the-church-2/
*FROM THE GOSPEL READING*
In today’s gospel reading, Jesus calls on us to come to him, ‘Come to me, all you who labour and are overburdened, and I will give you rest’. There are always those two movements in the lives of people of faith.
This call of Jesus in today’s gospel reading is a very personal call, ‘Come to me’. He doesn’t say come to my teaching or come to my followers, but, ‘come to me’. That personal call of the Lord is addressed to each one of us without exception.
The Lord can be our strength when we are weak, our rest when we are tired, our support when we are burdened. The great Advent prayer is our invitation, ‘Come, Lord, Jesus’. However, in the gospel reading, it is the Lord who invites us to come. His call to us is prior to our prayer to him. When in responding to that call of the Lord we experience him as our strength, our rest, our support, we, in turn, can be a source of strength, rest and support to each other. The strength we receive from the Lord is for others as well as for ourselves.
May God be with us all, especially as we continue to journey through this season of Advent, that we may be ever closer to Him, and that we may find our path towards Him, and be ever more attuned to His will, His Law and commandments.
St Ambrose pray for us!
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