Jesus spoke thus, «Come to me, all you who work hard and who carry heavy burdens and I will refresh you. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me for I am gentle and humble of heart; and you will find rest. For my yoke is good and my burden is light».
Many of us feel that we have many problems and troubles, more than others. If we try to understand where we are, we could easily find out, it’s we ourselves have brought us to such miserable situations. Certainly there are some events which are truly beyond our control. Now with the Lord, by assuming our present responsibilities, certain past errors can be easily erased or corrected. Or at least, in the future such errors can be evited.
When Jesus invites us to carry His burden, we should never fail to understand that the real worry of the Lord is our well-being. Thus we can assure ourselves with certitude that the burden of the Lord is not really His own, rather it’s our own. The more we are ready to carry our own crosses, the more we will understand that the Lord carries our crosses more than us, even today. He is inviting us simply to cooperate with Him. The Lord will never aske us to carry the crosses of others, because, he is already carrying our crosses.
The only desire of the Lord is that we be saved and on this earth we may live a happy life. It is for our own happiness and joy that the Lord is asking us to work. Since our happiness is dearly related to Him and to our brothers and sisters, and without the happiness of our brothers and sisters, our happiness and joy, can never be complete. For this we need to convert and cooperate with the Lord. Shall we then learn from the Lord to carry our won crosses?
«Come to me, all you who work hard»
Brother Lluís SERRA i Llançana
Today, Jesus' words resound intimate and close. We are conscious that contemporary men and women suffer a considerable psychological pressure. This world keeps on turning round and round, we cannot stand up the pace anymore and have neither time nor inner peace to assimilate these changes. Quite often we move away from the evangelic simplicity by loading ourselves up with rules, commitments, planning and objectives. We feel overwhelmed and tired of continuously struggling without our effort being worth its while. Recent investigations affirm that nervous breakdowns are on their way up all the time. What are we lacking to feel actually well?
Today, at the light of the Gospel, we may review our conception of God. How do I live and feel God in my heart? What feelings uncover his presence in my life? Jesus offers us his understanding when we feel weary and want to rest: «Come to me, all you who work hard and who carry heavy burdens and I will refresh you» (Mt 11:28). Maybe we have fought for perfection while, deep inside, the only thing we wanted was to feel loved. In Jesus' words we find a response to our crisis of meaning. Our ego plays some dirty tricks on us by preventing us from being as good as we would like to. At times we may not see the light. St. Juliana of Norwich, English mystic of the fourteenth century, had a revelation, heard Jesus’ message, and wrote: «All will go well, everything will go well».
Jesus' proposal —«Take my yoke upon you and learn from me...» (Mt 11:29)— implies following his benevolent style of life (to wish good to everybody) and his heart’s humility (virtue referring to keep our feet on the ground for only the divine grace can make us ascend). To be a disciple demands our accepting Jesus' yoke, while remembering his yoke is «good» and his burden is «light». I do not know, however, whether we are convinced this is really so. To live as a Christian in our present context is not such an easy thing, for we have to opt for values that go upstream. Not to get carried away by money, prestige or power demands a great effort. If we want to achieve it by ourselves, it may become an impossible task. But with Jesus everything is possible and good.