"The way of the just is smooth; the path of the just you make level."
It sure doesn't take us long in life to experience something that makes us question this scripture, does it? Smooth? Really? Our saint today, St. Kateri Tekakwitha's path doesn't seem to have been smooth as she made her way through life with the lasting effects of small pox. And what about Jesus? Jesus was the just-est of the just and his rocky road to Calvary was anything but smooth! So what about this reading? It seems a bit hard to swallow. The answer is in today's Gospel, Matthew 11:28-30, where Jesus says, "Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest." (Matthew 11:28) Jesus knows the road doesn't feel smooth to us. Jesus knows that life will put obstacles in our path that sure make our journey difficult. But Jesus also knows that God is there for us, just as God was there for Jesus during his rough journey. We are not traveling this murky path alone! So, whatever path we find ourselves traveling today, be it rocky or level, let's remember that we do not travel on our own. We have a hand to hold, a guide to lead us. We can make it, one step at a time. Love, heidi