“Jesus, chase me down”

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Gospel Mt 11:28-30

Jesus said:
“Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened,
and I will give you rest.
Take my yoke upon you and learn from me,
for I am meek and humble of heart;
and you will find rest for yourselves.
For my yoke is easy, and my burden light.”
Jesus, chase me down, when I am too tired to rest, when fear swirls around my heart, when I am lost from my narrow interpretation of my own life, when relationships crumble and life seems so heavy, when I carry all the unnecessary things that load up, when my own heart seems hardened, when joy eludes me, when life has not turned out the way I had hoped, when fear rips my dreams apart and throws the remains in the corner of my soul, when I do not know where else to turn and in the turning you do not seem to be there, when you can see the lost look in my eyes, when I am young or old and I am not sure where I turn next, when the world seems so bitter in its divides, when the Church seems so tight and narrow and lives from its fear, when people burdened by their own hardships lash out against everyone else who could help them, when people want things they cannot possesses, when everyone thinks that life should be about peace and hope and no one wants to do the interior work of sorting out their own hearts and motives, when people turn on those they love, when the violence of poverty strips us of worth, when songs don’t sing and poems don’t rhyme, when clergy don’t pray and people don’t love, when there is everything but love, when egos lash out, when divisiveness is the norm, when violence lives on our streets, when I don’t know where to turn for consolation and love or to be held tight and upright, then I know I am with everyone of my generation and the generations before me, simply human and in need, then I know you are there for me so that I can fall into your heart, for you have done your work Jesus in your meek and open heart, when you invite me and us to rest a bit, a lot, when you are there closer to me than I am to my own life and motives and gifts, when I finally give up squirming in your lap, then mercy washes over me, Jesus, you chase me down.  

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