My reflection: “Come to Me … I will give you rest.”
I like this part of the Holy Gospel according to St. Matthew.
This is probably one of the most powerful messages, if we take it to heart.
“Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28)
We all have burdens that we are bearing. Some are manageable, but others can drain us of all hope.
Consider the spouse who feels trapped in a difficult marriage or the estrangement and lack of forgiveness that afflicts many families. Many of us are weary from addictions or hurt by betrayal or crushed by shattered dreams.
On top of all this weight, we are often told that it’s our own fault, or that we just need to snap out of it, or that there are others who have it much worse.
Jesus’ invitation to come to him to find rest is for all who are weary.
He does not sort out those whose weariness is largely due to an inner defect from those whose troubles are external. While some may judge us this way, Jesus does not. He speaks with words of love: Come to me (Matthew 11:28).
He does not avoid us if we are finding it difficult to do his will. He knows, in fact, that his comfort and companionship can empower us to do his will.
When we accept Jesus’ invitation and come to him, we may not get all our earthly problems solved. We will however, find rest. He will remove the burden of labouring on our own. He will place his yoke on us the guidance of the Holy Spirit which is a light and gentle burden that will guide us in the way of peace.
If you are exhausted and want to see a change, drop your burdens at Jesus’ feet.
That includes dropping whatever injustice you feel has been done to you and surrendering all the complexities of your situation piled up over the years. Turn the tangled mess over to Jesus and invite him to help you deal with it according to His wisdom and guidance. That guilty party no longer owes you a debt. A reckless loved one need not keep you tied up in knots.
Worries about the future don’t have to cripple you in the present. In Jesus’ arms, you can forgive, you can surrender, and you can find hope and direction.
Lord, I surrender to you all that burdens me, in all its complexity. I trust that you will help me. I want to live for you.
Father Jozef Kobos, Ascension Catholic Church