“Rest in Peace” or “Rest in the Lord” are phrases we use in the context of offering condolences when
someone dies. We wish and pray that the dead soul may find its rest in the Lord. But, why should we wait
till our death to find our “rest” in God? Why not here and now, right in the midst of our business of life?
Jesus offers us precisely that. Life is hard, we are weary and burdened; yet, there is always hope for dealing
with the everyday challenges of life with certain restfulness. In the eastern philosophic traditions, this is the
concept of “sthitaprajña.” Roughly translated, it refers to a person who is recollected, calm, and firm, with an
internal sense of liberation. Such restfulness of soul is possible when our hearts are centered in the Lord. That is
what Christ invites us to do, today.
© Copyright Bible Diary 2022
July 14, 2022
Gospel: Matthew 11:28-30
Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke
upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble of heart; and you will
find rest. For my yoke is easy; and my burden is light.”