July 9 Homily

Happy summer to all of you, especially those who are visiting St James. We’ve been blessed
with local sunshine today and hopefully you’ve had a chance to enjoy it.

In our gospel, Jesus says, “Come to me, all who labor, and are burdened, and I will give you
rest.“ This is a time of year when we take a break from the burdens of life and get some much needed rest. Last week I spent time at my brother’s lake house in Michigan. Our family goes
every few years to spend time with extended family and friends, many of which have Polish
last names. You could say that summer days on the lake are heavenly, and since Christ and his
yoke guide us to heaven, I’m going to reflect on how vacations can bring us closer to God.

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