Dear friends in Christ Jesus, the world that we live in now, the majority of the people are weary in one or the other way or they have many burdens of different kinds. Those may be physical, psychological or spiritual. Most often they face such difficulties in life not because of themselves but due to the situations in the society, various systems, cultures, customs and lifestyle.
We all need to accept the fact that we are not superheroes who can manage everything by ourselves and this requires humility. There are many people who live around us who love us and who care for us and who are willing to help us in our needs. We may get material help, financial help, physical help, psychological help, spiritual help etc. Let us thank and praise God for such angels in our lives who are sent by God in human forms who care for us.
In today's passage Jesus is talking about giving rest and He is talking about giving rest for our souls. As we all have physical bodies we too have souls. And as we take care of our body we need to take care of our souls too.
Few ways we can take care of our soul is by praying constantly, by reading the Word of God, by receiving His Body and Blood in the Holy Eucharist etc. Jesus Himself is telling that 'I am gentle and humble in heart'. Jesus is not a cruel person who longs to take revenge on the ones who commit sins against Him but rather He has a loving and forgiving heart.
So what are we asked to do by Him? We are all asked to do only one thing to always have peace, grace, love and happiness. That is to carry His yoke upon us. It means that to do His will in our lives and allow him to guide us and have complete control of our lives and that is indeed the work of a yoke. Let us not resist but rather just co – operate with Him. The more we resist the more we complicate our lives. I don't want to complicate my life. Do you?
Reflection on Matthew 11: 16-30 by Fr. George Joseph SVD