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Jesus Beautiful in His Weariness and Rest.

Jesus Beautiful in His Weariness and Rest.

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Published by GLENN DALE PEASE
BY SISTER TERESA GERTRUDE


Jesus therefore being wearied with His journey, sat thus on the well
(St. John iv. 6).
BY SISTER TERESA GERTRUDE


Jesus therefore being wearied with His journey, sat thus on the well
(St. John iv. 6).

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JESUS BEAUTIFUL I HIS WEARIESS AD REST. BY SISTER TERESA GERTRUDEJesus therefore being wearied with His journey, sat thus on the well (St. John iv. 6). THERE are many kinds of weariness in this world of ours, and our Lord made experience of them all, save that only which results from sin and worldliness. He was wearied with toil, with journeyings, with long and apparently fruitless arguments and discourses, with sorrow, with the sickening sight of sin, with His long and painful exile in a corrupt world. ot a shadow, however, of the imperfection that inevitably mingles with our weariness, even when proceeding from such causes as those enumerated above, was to be found in the weariness of Jesus. It showed forth the beauty of His love in His assumption of our human nature, as it was likewise an act of His Divine condescension, that He should acquire experimental knowledge of the peculiar form of suffering which, perhaps, more than any other makes us yearn for the rest that earth was never designed to give. There is a mystery singularly exceptional in the weariness of Him Who yet could know no fatigue, of Him Who was Himself the refreshment of fatigued and weary souls, the rest of those who are fainting on their journey beneath the heat and burden of the day. Yet He was weary with a real weariness, just as He FF 4 8 2 JESUS BEAUTIFUL
 
was inwardly oppressed with real grief and tortured with sensible and exterior pain. His weariness was also of two kinds : first, as has been said, He expe rienced physical weariness in the arduous labours of His Ministry ; but secondly, and far more deeply, He experienced that weariness of heart which results naturally from sorrow and disappointment, as well as that yearning of the soul for its final rest, which is so- natural a longing in every man. In ourselves this weariness too frequently degene rates into imperfection, by reason of our selfishness and our want of resemblance to Jesus in His perfect conformity to His Father s will. In Him it was the weariness of a perfect human Soul, whose every faculty and sense was raised to the Divine order through its union with the Word. Even in our fellow-creatures, provided that it does not degenerate into peevish com plaint or selfish inaction, there is something in their weariness that to a certain extent attracts our human- hearts. If this be physical weariness, it ordinarily imparts a subdued and refined gentleness of manner, to which those who possess a more vigorous or robust organization are entire strangers. There is less danger of sensual excess in the indulgence they allow them selves during their hours of ordinary recreation ; not that this moderation in any way proceeds from virtue, but from an enforced repose which in some cases will be gladly accepted as a substitute for culture. Physical weariness, moreover, is a means employed by God to detach us from the gratifications of sense and from the frivolity of the world ; He would by it also lead us on to long for a nobler rest than sensible enjoyment can ever bestow. As soon as this eager desire is raised to the height of the supernatural by the introduction
 
I HIS WEARIESS AD REST. 483, of a truly religious motive, it reminds us of the lassitude of Him Who was wearied with His journey, and, when united to the merits of His Divine weariness, it enables us to share in the like heavenly character. But there exists another and still more sanctifying cause of weariness, and one which more directly tells upon the nobler qualities of our souls, and thus detaches us more quickly and powerfully from the pleasures of this life. The cause of mental weariness, we now speak of, is sorrow ; not a selfish sorrow, but a pure-hearted sorrow for sin, whether it be the sin of others or our own. Such, too, is a loyal mourning for the protracted and apparently endless trials of the Church and of the  just; such is grief for our own infidelities and the weariness attendant on the long-enduring struggle with temptation, beneath which it seems to us we are drifting away from God. Oh ! how the soul yearns, under similar trials, for that haven where the billows of the sea of this world may no more break over it, threatening it with shipwreck. Without murmuring at the appoint ments of the Divine will for we are speaking of Christian weariness how idle everything appears to us which lacks the power of dissipating the clouds that hang above us ; how intense becomes the longing for that rest which God alone can bestow. Into all this, as we have said, much imperfection ordinarily enters. evertheless, it is undoubtedly an element in the sanctification of many, and is capable of becoming if, when regarding the weariness of our Lord, we con template also His rest a useful means of drawing us nearer to Him, and uniting us more. intimately to His Sacred Heart. We read that, at the time of our Lord s journey from Judea into Galilee, being wearied He sat down to

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