Jesus Wants to Journey with Us, Right Beside Us

Clergy Corner by Fr. Theo

It is to people like ourselves that the Lord speaks in today’s Gospel reading. He asks all who find life weary and burdensome to come to Him: “Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart; and you will find rest for yourselves. For my yoke is easy, and my burden light” (Mathew 11:30). Jesus wants to journey with us, right beside us. when two people are yoked together they are united in all they do; they are never alone and never have to carry their burdens by themselves. Jesus knows that our lives in this fallen world are hard, with the weight of our own fallen nature always pressing down upon us. If we trust him enough to repent from our self-centered ways and follow him, obeying his commandments and seeking to “remain in his love,” our lives will truly change. If we allow him to come into contact with every corner of our lives, we will be transformed by him, becoming more like him, filled with his own Spirit and wisdom and courage and goodness. And that’s when our burdens also are transformed. They become places of redemption. That’s when our weariness is transformed. It is filled with the joy of hope that comes from knowing that we are heard, understood, valued, and accompanied. 

Since prayer is that place where we can refresh ourselves with the Word of God and try to see life around us through the perspective of God’s sight; since prayer is that place where we put the events of our life before God looking for his guidance and wisdom, let us remain united in prayer for America on this beautiful “Independence Day” anniversary. This day is bright with the memory of those who declared that life and liberty are God’s gift to every human being.

Happy and blessed fourth of July!

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