Wednesday of the Second Week

Readings

Is 40:25-31
Ps 103:1-2, 3-4, 8 and 10
Mt 11:28-30

Reflection

For my yoke is easy, and my burden light.

It is not often that someone asks me how I am and I respond “I am great, life is easy and I am not weighed down by anything.”  Even when life is going well, I tend to find myself responding to that question by saying “Things are really good.  I am really busy, but it is all good things.”  I emphasize that I am burdened, but the burden is not too much to carry at this moment.  However, Jesus says exactly that in Matthew’s Gospel today ‘my burden is light and my yoke is easy.’ 

When I look back on Jesus’ life I don’t think I would say that His burden was light or his yoke easy.  He was constantly serving the less fortunate, teaching others to follow Him and trust in the Lord, and being a compassionate friend and active community member.  All of these are things that I also strive to do, and I often become overwhelmed trying to accomplish.  And yet they are exactly what relieves that weight for Jesus. “Come to me….and you will find rest for yourselves.” 

It is often in moments when we are the most burdened or the busiest when it is the hardest to come to God.  It is the hardest to make the space for silence, for prayer, and for presence.  This passage reminds us that if we are able to do those things, to love when we are weighed down, to be open to the world around us when we are rushing through the to-do list, to forgive when we are hurting, and to serve others when we want to serve ourselves; that is how we will find rest, that is where our heart will be filled, and that is when we will find that our yoke is easy and our burden is light.

-Anna Ricci '12, Campus Minister, High School Religious Studies, Eastside Catholic School