After celebrating Advent and Christmas, we are in our first week of Ordinary Time. Likewise, our holiday season has finished and regular activities have resumed in our daily schedule. Today Friday, our first reading reminds us of the importance of resting just as God did on the seventh day. The recipients of this message are on track to reach a goal but at risk of giving up. The author reminds us how important it is to strive to enter into the rest of God. Rather than making haste to enjoy free time, we are encouraged to make specific and sustained efforts to deserve it. What are the efforts that we made this week to keep and share the joy we received during the holidays?

In our Ignatian spirituality we are called to be companions of Jesus. As we celebrated with joy his Nativity, let us walk with him in this new journey, keeping in mind we need to balance both working and resting time continually placing our hope in God and looking forward to fulfilling God´s will.

—Fr. Hugo Gomez Sevilla is a Jesuit from Colombia, currently pursuing graduate studies in educational leadership at Loyola University Chicago.