Reflect Emmanuel is a series of Advent meditations on Emmanuel, our God with us
December 10, 2014Katrina Paiva, Class of 2015
As students and professors prepare for Finals this week, the Gospel of today is very fitting for Reading Day. Jesus speaks to the crowds of Israelites saying that He will give them rest from all of their overwhelming work. What Jesus is saying is that in Him, you will find peace, regardless of anything that is at hand. Jesus is more important than the labor and burdens that we all face every day, whether it be simply multiple assignments due or dealing with a recent family loss. Jesus is there to comfort us in our times of need and take our burdens from us, like He did on the Cross. He says for us to take up His yoke and learn from Him – in other words: to follow in discipleship, sharing the Good News with others.
It can be easy to get caught up in what you have to do or where you have to go, what you’re going to eat for dinner, or how you’re going to pass an exam - yet, we should not forget about Jesus amidst these things! We must reflect on the life of Jesus and we must go to Him, giving up our labors and burdens of our lives to follow Him. For all my life, I have turned to Jesus for help and since I have been a student here at Emmanuel College, I have found myself in the Chapel numerous times when I have felt overwhelmed and stressed with the amount of work I have to do for my studies. There in the Chapel, I have always gotten this sense of peace from sitting in silence, thinking about everything I wanted to offer up to Jesus, and then doing so, I leave with my heart at ease.
This Gospel passage made me think of my favorite Biblical passage that I believe is very significant to students preparing for final exams: “Everything is possible for him who believes.” (Mark 9:23). During this time of ending a semester and beginning a new one, let us not forgot that Jesus is there to guide us, take our burdens from us, and give us rest and peace throughout this time of change. May we grow closer to Him as disciples in faith, by focusing on the bigger picture, to work together to continue spreading the Good News, the lighter burden given from the humble, Jesus Christ.