Gospel: Matthew 11:28-30
Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble of heart; and you will find rest. For my yoke is easy; and my burden is light.”
“My yoke easy, my burden light.”
Yesterday’s gospel reading highlights the basis of Jesus’ credibility and authority. Now Jesus invites people to himself. He did not only say “Come,” but said “Come to me . . .” Emphasis is being made here on his person- hood. He invites people, who are burdened and harassed, and have rest in him. He invites them (and us) to enter into relationship in him. The key word here is “relationship.” Coming to Jesus is to enter into relationship with him in the Spirit. For it is only in such relationship that we can learn from him and find rest; it is only in this relationship that we find direction and strength. Outside this relationship, life becomes chaotic and burdensome. Out- side this relationship, we grope in the“dark.”But what is there exactly in the relationship that makes the troubles and challenges of life easier to handle: it is the un- conditional and unrestricted love of God flooding our hearts. When this love fills our hearts we begin to see clearly, and we see things anew. Furthermore, we are able to set our bearings straight.
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