Memorial of Saint Lucy, virgin and martyr
(Isaiah 40:25-31; Matthew 11:28-30)
Most of the people who started Christmas shopping early probably feel fatigued these days. There are so many people to please and so many options to consider that shoppers are bound to grow weary. Purchasing gifts on-line has eased the burden. Of course, buying gifts cards is a simple way out of the hustle. Jesus in the gospel today proposes another solution.
He tells the people not to worry. Their concerns about pleasing one another, even about procuring the necessities of life will be taken care of by relying on him. “Take my yoke upon you,” he says, “and learn from me.” His yoke is the law of love – to love God above all and to love one’s neighbor as oneself. Sharing joy with both God and neighbor – and not trying to ingratiate oneself with others by bestowing gifts – results in a peaceful heart.
Christmas shopping has become a mania that jeopardizes the meaning of Christmas. Black Friday has come to garner more interest than Good Friday. But Jesus did not come to supplement our wardrobes, much less to jumpstart the economy. He came to free us from selfishness which inhibits our going out to others in joy.