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Get On My Back

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


"All you who are weary and find life burdensome" is a figure of speech drawn from the laboring people of Jesus' time-hard-working slaves and farmers who were bent low for long hours at a time by the heavy burdens carried on their backs. It comes to us, in the Gospel, as a symbol of the heavy burdens we are asked to carry in this life-physical, emotional, spiritual. "Come to Me, all you who are weary . . .I will refresh you." This is a standing invitation, Jesus extends to all. There are no exclusions. None! Black or White; Red or Yellow; rich or poor or middle-class; native or immigrant or refugee; high-and-mighty or low-and-downtrodden; famous or infamous-Jesus' call goes out to all because all are destined to share in life's burdens.

Not one single burden of one single person was bypassed by Jesus on the Cross. Everyone with a cancer or arthritis or migraine headaches or a withered limb was included. Everyone who dreads the dawning of a new day or is depressed or is bent low with guilt over some past event was included. Everyone who is overwhelmed with anxiety about the future was included. Everyone who is troubled by that gnawing feeling of uncertainty about the afterlife was included. Everyone whose soul cannot rest because of an intense hatred was included. Everyone who is victimized by slavery to some awful habit was included:

I'm strong,
trong enough to carry him.
He ain't heavy;
He's my brother.

These are lines from a popular song by a rock group from England called "The Hollies." "He Ain't Heavy" is the song's title and it says something akin to the way Jesus feels about each one of us, constantly. Remember, that when you are tempted to say, "Get off my back," to another human being. "Come ... and I will refresh you": "Get on My back," Jesus is saying.

We have a problem here, however. We really can't appreciate Jesus feeling this way about all our brothers and sisters in the world unless we really can appreciate Jesus feeling this way about [...]

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