The Fifth Sunday after Pentecost
Come to me, all you that are weary and heavy-laden 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. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.
These last verses of this week's Gospel are often called the most important verses in the New Testament. In them Jesus invites us to take a yoke just like this - made exactly for us by someone who understands what it means to bear burdens, someone who knows us each by name, knows our gifts and our needs, who does not want us to be wearied or weighed down. Jesus offers us a yoke, made by his own labor and love, made perfectly for us. And that's not all; he offers himself as our partner in the yoke, the one who will help us bear, pull, carry - whatever we are called to do. "Come to me all you that are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you ... for my yoke is easy and my burden is light."
What a beautiful invitation that promises to give us rest from all the troubles and hardships and burdens we carry. All we need to do is give up our burdens, turn everything we carry over to Christ, and he will help us: a beautiful, utterly simple invitation. So why is it so hard to do? What are you holding onto that is preventing you from fully trusting Jesus? What is so impossible to give up that you choose it over God? Think about it and think about letting it go! To do so is to place yourself on the path to liberation, for trusting in Jesus is perfect freedom. Amen.