Dear Companions on the Journey:
A few weeks ago, we heard Jesus, in Matthew’s Gospel, say, “Come to me, all you who are weary and find life burdensome, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
I came upon the following reflection on this passage and decided to share it with you:
“Have you ever wished that you could just throw off difficulties and problems, that you could be freed from your cares?…You can! Our cares may be transferred to God. God will take care of each one of us. We can trust God. But often, we do not. We tend to be like the vagabond who was walking along the road with a heavy burden on his back. A farmer with a horse and wagon stopped and called: ‘Friend, climb in the back. I’ll take you to town.’ With much gratitude the heavily loaded man climbed in the back of the wagon. After a while, the farmer noticed that his passenger, although he was sitting in the wagon, still had his heavy load on his shoulders. He called, ‘Friend, lay your burden down. Why are you still holding it on your shoulders?’ The man replied, ‘I thought it might be too heavy for the wagon. So I kept it on my shoulders.’
“We are often like that. We come to God for salvation, but we think we must carry our own load. Come to Jesus and lay down your burdens.”
What do you think?
And let us pray for/with one another.
The Paulist Center