Today’s Gospel: Matthew 11:28-30 – St. Lucy
Christmas is only 12 days away. While this can be “the most wonderful time of the year,” we can also feel stressed about the to-dos that still need to get done.
As a mom, I put a lot of pressure on myself to make Christmas extra-special for my family. Am I purchasing the right gifts for my husband and children? Are they still within my budget? Have I baked a nice variety of cookies to share at the family party? Does everyone have something fancy to wear to Christmas Eve Mass?
Advent can feel like a whirlwind, but it’s supposed to remind us of what is calm and bright in our lives.
Today’s Gospel reading is Jesus’ invitation for us to hit the pause button on all of our Christmas to-dos.
“Come to Me. You are so weary with all that you are trying to do for Christmas. I am grateful that you care so much, but I care about you and want to give you peace.”
If the month of December is feeling overwhelming, perhaps today is a good time to re-evaluate our good intentions and consider what will bring peace, calm, and stillness into our hearts and homes.
Perhaps that “one more gift” can be left at the store. Maybe purchasing some cookies from the bakery can fill in our plate of treats for the party. This year, perhaps our children’s outfits don’t have to match perfectly.
Now, on this feast of St. Lucy, take some extra time to sit quietly and prayerfully. In honor of the saint of light, enjoy the twinkle of the Christmas lights, or if the tree isn’t decorated yet, light some candles and bask in their glow. Allow yourself to rest in the arms of Christ, just as He rested in the arms of Mary on that first Christmas.
What is one thing on your holiday to-do list that you can delete? What is one expectation that you’ve put on yourself that you can remove?
Lord Jesus, thank You for inviting me to take a break from the holiday busyness to find rest and peace in Your presence.
Copyright 2017 Sarah Damm
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