One of the first passages I memorized in my youth was today‘s Gospel passage when Jesus said, “Come to me all you who are burdened, and I will give you rest!” We all have many inescapable burdens in life. It’s how we deal with our burdens that matters. Often times I’ve heard it said that people are in one of two categories. There are people who either see the glass as half empty or see it as half full. Now I don’t know if this is an over simplification, but there are people we encounter that see life in a very negative way and those who see life positively.
There’s a story told by Anthony De Mello of a group of people riding on a bus that is passing through the most glorious countryside. They have the shades pulled down on all the windows and they are bickering about who gets to sit in the front seat. They are preferring the narrow, stuffy confines of self to the beauty that is all around them. All they have to do is look.
You see what Jesus proposes today is not a freedom from suffering but, what is much more important, a freedom from self. This is why Jesus can say, “My yoke is easy, and my burden light!”
DeColores, Deacon Doug
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Daily Readings in English and Spanish from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops:
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