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Throw Your Head Back

Come to Me all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest Oe
Matthew 11:25-30

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Sermon Week Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Cycle A

Scripture Summary Matthew 11:28


A little girl is trying hard to grow up fast and be a young lady. What do we say to her? We say, "Slow down, little girl. You are at a wonderful age. Enjoy it! Be satisfied to be a little girl. You will be an adult soon enough."

A young fellow is ready to drop out of school. What do we say to him? We say, "Enjoy your school days. They are a wonderful part of your life -- perhaps the happiest days of your life."

A college student is worrying herself sick about passing examinations at the end of the semester, and graduating. What do we say to her? We say, "Examinations and graduation will come and go. You would do better to concentrate on the day-to-day learning experience and to appreciate the knowledge and the wisdom you can acquire today."

A man is waiting for the big opportunity in business to come along. As he sees it, when it comes it will make all the difference in his life.

There are others who can't wait until the mortgage is paid off, or the lottery pays off, or retirement brings with it the life of ease they've been aching for.

There are people who wait for years to fulfill their dream of extended travel. They arrive in Paris and, as they unpack their bags they're already thinking about Rome, the next stop. Don't you see what is happening? Actual living is being postponed until some future time. Life is being placed on "hold." Instead of being a blessing, day-to-day existence is a burden.

The Hebrew word for "wilderness" means "a place you pass through." In every life there are wilderness experiences -- barren, desolate, even frightening events to pass through. But some of us make wilderness experiences out of what is beautiful -- those times when life is at its best. We don't look at them. We don't savor them. We don't appreciate them. We don't rejoice in them. We miss the glory of them. We're so busy getting somewhere else that we miss the blessings of the [...]

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