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Understanding The Need

Come to Me, all you who are weary and find life burdensome, and I will refresh you
Matthew 11:25-30

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Sermon Week Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Cycle A

Scripture Summary Matthew 11:28


We are living in an age when machines perform most of our heavy work. Unlike the laboring people in Jesus' time, we are not required to carry heavy burdens on our backs for hours at a time. Still, there are times when we feel weary and find life burdensome. For no machine can live our lives for us; no machine can spare us from the emotional stress, the spiritual conflict to which all human beings are subject. Consequently, Jesus' great invitation is extended to us all: "Come to Me, all you who are weary ... I will refresh you.

Jesus doesn't leave anyone out. He doesn't care if you live in a castle or a shack. He doesn't care whether you're a world-leader or an average citizen. He doesn't care about the color of your skin, eyes or hair, what part of the globe you live on, whether you're naughty or nice. Whoever you are, whatever you are, wherever you are ... you are included. Jesus opens his arms wide enough to include every single human being on this earth. All mankind shares not only life's burdens, but also Jesus' open invitation.

You who carry a hidden burden, like the internal wound of rejection--you are included. You who carry the burden of the fear that you're just not good enough or strong enough to cope with modern living--you are included. You who carry highly visible burdens such as physical deformity you are included. You who carry the burden of guilt for past actions or inactions--you are included. You who carry the burden of being unable to forgive another, or to accept forgiveness from another--you are included. You who carry the burden of a destructive addiction or a destructive relationship--you are included.

In her wonderful novel, "Parts Unknown," Frances Parkinson Keys shows us that we can experience a deep, close, meaningful relationship, only when we put ourselves in the place of another--empathize with another. The heroine, Daphne Trent, complains to her father-in-law that even though she is constantly busy, she finds life as dull and monotonous as if she were doing [...]

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