“Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest.”

The very short passage for today (Mt 11:28-30) continues Jesus declaration from yesterday.  He starts with the words above and then continues on telling His hearers (i.e., us) to take on the easy burden He places on them while they strive to imitate His meekness and humility.  Doing this they will find rest.  True peace cannot be found outside of Jesus Christ.  Yet when we unburden ourselves to Him, we find a calm that goes beyond the mere physical into the spiritual.  We must give up to the Lord what weighs us down: sin, anxiety, negative thoughts, weighty worldly matters.  Jesus has already done the heavy lifting.  He died so we could have life forever.  What do we wish those who have passed away?  “Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord” or “Rest in peace.”  This rest and peace that goes beyond all understanding may come after a hard life of toil, pain, heartache, difficulty, and suffering.  But our life on earth is a mere wisp in the context of eternity.  Let us never hesitate to put our complete trust in the Lord, giving Him those things that bring us down and serve to distance our relationship with Him, so that He can lift us up in this life and in the next.  Then we can be an instrument of this peace to everyone we encounter.

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