One of my best memories of working outside was on a day I was mowing the grass in our back field. I noticed something out of the corner of my eye that turned out to be an eagle taking flight from the cornfield below. I watched for a full ten minutes, I think, as the eagle soared and circled all around our land. It was as if s/he were blessing everything in that broad circular path – an amazing sight.
I thought of that eagle this morning when I read today’s selection from the prophet Isaiah. He says: Those that hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar as with eagles’ wings. They will run and not grow weary.
As if that were not enough encouragement to get me going, today’s gospel adds to the promise of Isaiah and lets us know that if we have become weary, Jesus is there asking us to come to him for rest. Being cradled in his arms, as the lamb from yesterday’s reading, is comfort enough to say “yes” once again to the dawning day.