Today’s gospel from Matthew is short but meaningful. Our attention and focus is drawn to the word “yoke.” We find meaning and solace, visualizing God offering us his assistance, connecting to us, sharing our “load” with him. We can see ourselves both walking with him and also allowing him to lead us. God is offering us an invitation to share our personal burden or cross that we might be trying so hard to carry on our own. He offers us help with these challenges, and asks us to listen to his guidance. During Advent, we are called to stop and notice that God is coming. We prepare ourselves by listening, praying, and allowing God to show us the way towards him. By following God’s direction, we can find rest and refreshment for our spiritual souls. This Advent, will you take the time to listen for God’s direction and willingness to help?

John and Katie Nicolau are active members of Our Lady of Perpetual Help parish in Glenview IL, where they have lived for over 23 years. They have been married for 32 years and have 4 children, three of whom graduated from Loyola Academy, Wilmette, IL, John’s alma mater. John also serves on the board of Charis, a Jesuit ministry for young adults.