April 17, 2018 – Isaiah 58:10-11

Feed the hungry, and help those in trouble. Then your light will shine out from the darkness, and the darkness around you will be as bright as noon. The Lord will guide you continually, giving you water when you are dry and restoring your strength. You will be like a well-watered garden, like an ever-flowing spring. Isaiah 58:10-11.

Keeping the law of fasting and penance, dressed in burlap to show a humble heart is not what our Lord wants. It is not from outer appearances, but from the heart, simply loving, believing, and trusting Him. The Light of the World, Jesus, taught two commandments… Jesus replied, “‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’  This is the first and greatest commandment.  A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ Matthew 22:38-39.

Jesus taught these words, and then lived them by dying on the cross to show how much He loves us. He loved us before we were. When we live for Him, through our brief lives, we know there is life with Him forever.

He teaches us to make peace to restore our homes to ready us for our Heavenly Home. Is it any wonder the word Home is always where we want to be when we are tired. Home with Jesus in our hearts is like a cool drink on a hot, weary day.

Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. Matthew 11:28-29

Some of you will rebuild the deserted ruins of your cities. Then you will be known as a rebuilder of walls and a restorer of homes. Isaiah 58:12.

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