Isaiah 50:4 The LORD God has given me the tongue of a teacher, that I may know how to sustain the weary with a word.
The word “weary” jumped out at me as I read these words. Perhaps it is because I am feeling a little weary myself today. I suspect many of us are weary. We are worn down from illness, grief, or caretaking. The daily demands of life wear us down, or burn us out.
Today’s gospel says that Jesus was “troubled in spirit.” I imagine that he was weary too. Weary from constant travel, weary of the power structures that sought to destroy him. His disciples must have made him weary too. One betrayed him, another denied him, they all misunderstood him.
What words sustained Jesus in his weariness? Psalm 23? The word “beloved”, spoken at his baptism? Somehow, he found the strength and resolve to move forward to the cross.
What sustains you when you are weary? A favorite Bible verse? A song? A friend? A walk in the woods? As we follow Jesus in his final days, we join him in his weariness. And, as his followers, we ourselves can offer a word to the weary.
Let us pray: "Dear Jesus, May I be content to remain in your arms when there is darkness in my life. If I truly know how to rest there, I know that no one can take me away from you."