Tired and Weary… 16Oct2016

Divine Mercy image (3) (2)“Come close to My wounds and draw from the Fountain of Life whatever your heart desires. Drink copiously from the Fountain and you will not weary on your journey. Look at the splendors of My Mercy and do not fear the enemies of your salvation.”

Jesus’ words to St. Faustina as recorded in her Diary, par. 1485


Did Moses ever grow tired of being Moses? Did he ever grow weary of shepherding his flock? Yes. We know from his supplications to God that he did grow tired and weary of the life and responsibilities to which God had called him. If he could have foreseen the totality of the 40 years that would follow he may have ignored the burning bush!

The same is true for us. Looking backward with 20-20 vision we might question the wisdom of certain choices we have made as we experience the tiredness and weariness of life’s challenges and responsibilities. On the other hand, we also know that if we had ignored those choices there would have been others with their own consequences.

Even though their meanings are similar, tiredness is more associated with the physical while weariness is more associated with the mental and spiritual. Both are present in our human endeavors to live our Catholic Faith.

Jesus tells us, “pray always without becoming weary,” but we know too well that weariness in our human condition is unavoidable. Just as Moses needed the help of Hur and Aaron to keep his hands raised—a form of prayer—so we, too, need help. At times, as with Moses, we may require the help of others. At other times it may come from the prescription that St. Paul gives to Timothy in his challenge to remain faithful to what you have learned and believed when he reminds him (and us) that all scripture is useful.

We cannot do it alone and our perseverance in prayer ultimately leads us to recognize, Our help is from the Lord, who made heaven and earth. Jesus also experienced the tired and weary conditions of our humanity and, in the end, He was in such agony and he prayed so fervently that His sweat became like drops of blood (Lk. 22:44).

Deacon Richard


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