_“Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28)*_
When we are trying to describe something entirely new to someone, we use comparisons so that the person can use what they know to imagine what they are being told. God says to Isaiah, “To whom then will you compare me, that I should be like him? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grows weary… He gives power to the faint… Even youths shall faint and be weary, young men shall fall exhausted but they who wait for the Lord shall… run and never be weary, they shall walk and not faint.”
Only God deserves our complete trust. If God is for us, nothing can harm us. God’s power can never reduce, His strength is everlasting. If we place our trust in God and wait on Him, we shall be like eagles, we shall be victorious, and we shall have the last laugh.
This fact is exactly what Jesus re-echoes in today’s Gospel passage: “Come to me all you who labour and heavy laden, and I will give you rest… for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.”
If we place our trust in God and cast all our fears, worries, and troubles (heavy burdens) on Him, we shall mount up wings like eagles, we shall run and never be tired, walk and never grow faint. We shall be victorious; we shall have the last laugh.
What is your burden? Jesus is saying to us today, “Come to Me.” How would you feel if the President of this country tells you, “Come and see me?” Happy and hopeful, right? So why are you still troubled? Jesus is the one saying: “Come to Me.” Go and drop the matter right at his feet and let Jesus do what He alone knows how to do best.
Sing: What a Friend we have in Jesus, all our sins and griefs to bear! What a privilege to carry, everything to God in prayer! O what peace we often forfeit, O what needless pain we bear, all because we do not carry everything to God in prayer.
Let us pray: Heavenly Father, deepen my trust in you. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Bible Study: Isaiah 40:25-31, Ps. 103:1-4,8,10, Matthew 11:28-30)*
© Rev. Fr. Evaristus Abu