Fr. Sanctus Mario
Inspiration and Bible Reflections

When You are Weary and Overburdened. Wednesday 2nd week Advent

Breakfast with the Word Wednesday Second Week of Advent

 

Matthew 11:28-30

 

When You are Weary and Overburdened

Many people today are passing through difficult situations. Many Christians also have lost faith in God due to unforeseen circumstances. Some people have gone back to idolatrous practices because of hardship.

 

There are many of us today who are constantly weighed down by thier pasts, sins , problems and conditions that refuse to go. In today’s gospel, Jesus says to you “come to me”.

“Come to me” is a sign that this person must have known you very well. He knows the nature of your condition more than you do. Jesus knows the reasons you are worried. He is Omniscient. He knows what happened and what is happening.

 

Therefore, He is saying to you “My son/daughter, I understand you more than you do, come to me, I will help you”.

 

In Jesus and through Jesus we can find strength to overcome our conditions. He is the source of grace. He has the secret of life. Let us always go to Him.

 

Come to Me All Who Are Weary and Overburdened

 

In today’s gospel, we see Jesus inviting all who are weary and overburdened and promising rest to them.

 

“Come to me,” is an invitation, a tender call to intimacy with Jesus for all those who are weary and burdened.

 

“Weary” evokes the image of persons exhausted from their work or journey, while “burdened” indicates persons weighed down with heavy loads. So, when Jesus says “come to me”, He is asking us to lay our burdens on Him. He is always ready to be with us in the times of trials and difficulties.

 

Therefore, when you are weary and overburdened, indicates those times when all your hope in God is exhausting.

We may be overburdened by our mistakes, sins, pasts, enmity from people and problems.

They are those moments when the worries and challenges of this world are constantly weighing us down.

 

When You are weary and overburdened are those times you feel like praying but when you remember what you are passing through, you feel like giving up.

 

When Jesus says come to me, it means He is asking you not to give up yet.

He is saying “come to me , I can forgive you”, Come to me I can lift your burden” , Come to me I can give you the grace to go through the difficulty”.

“Come to me, I can protect you from the wickedness of people”

 

 

He is saying to you, I am always for you even when others reject you.

 

 

When Are Weary And Overburdened.

 

Jesus says today, ‘Come to me, all you who are weary and overburdened, and I will give you rest”.

 

Jesus addresses the crowd with this statement. They are like the crowds whom Jesus said earlier are harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd (Matthew 9:36).

 

In light of the following statements, the scribes and Pharisees seem once again to be the target of Jesus’ criticism (cf. Mt 5:20; 6:1–18).

 

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Jesus condemns outrightly the Jewish leaders for the burden that their legalistic traditions have put on the people (Matthew 23:4),

 

so this is an invitation to the crowd who have been weighed down by the legalism of the Pharisees to come to Him and find rest.

 

Jesus invites them to become his disciples and find rest in Him which cannot be found in the legal casuistry of the Pharisees. Therefore, it is only in Jesus can we have true peace

 

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Take My Yoke Upon You.

 

 

A yoke is a farming implement that joins two animals, such as oxen together so that the animals can share the workload evenly and become more productive.

 

Sometimes, an older, more experienced animal is yoked with a younger, less experienced animal, so that the older animal can train the younger animal while they work together.

 

By using the illustration of a yoke, Jesus is asking us to share and be partners with Him in His work, in His ministry and in service. He is also telling us that He will train us. He can teach us or give us the grace to overcome.

 

He is inviting us to share our problems, burdens and worries with Him. He invites us to see Him as our guide.

 

He says: “AND LEARN FROM ME, FOR I AM GENTLE AND HUMBLE IN HEART, AND YOU WILL FIND REST FOR YOUR SOULS.”

 

Therefore, Jesus wants us to come to Him and learn from Him in a continuing relationship. He will equip us, teach us, and guide us to be effective in life and service, if we accept His invitation and do things His way, in partnership and communion with Him, He promises that we will find rest and refreshment for our souls.

 

In the process, we will become more like Jesus: gentle and humble in heart. He will walk and be with us in suffering, pains and sorrowful moments.

 

We do not need to do things on our strengths. Just be calm and put all your trust in Him. We need Him in everything we do.

When we are weary and overburdened, Let us carry our burdens to Jesus, that He will lighten them. When we are weary and overburdened by sin, let us carry the weight of our sins to Him, He will sanctify us.

 

When we are weary and overburdened by difficulties, let us walk with Him in our difficult times, that He will enrich us with His grace.

 

My Yoke is Easy

 

The yoke that Jesus gives is easy. It is easy because Jesus shares it with us. It is easy because it is productive and useful, and not vain and futile.

 

It is easy because we are enriched by His grace and through Him, we learn how to be calm in the midst of turbulent situations.

 

The is a yoke that has been custom-fitted for us. As Jesus’ disciples, each of us has been allocated different ministries, purposes, and roles in life.

 

We live out these ministries and roles by actively partnering with Jesus and following his teaching.

 

The Burden of Jesus is Light because the only burden we have is to remain close to Him. They are those demands, roles and responsibilities that we must possess as followers and servants of Jesus.

 

But if we fulfil our role with Jesus close to us, sharing the load, and if we do things His way, in His strength etc, then our work will not become tiresome or burdensome.

 

When we are weary and overburdened let us learn to share it with Jesus. He will give us the grace and wisdom to go through it.

Let us do everything in Him, with Him and through Him, His graces will abound with us.

 

May God bless you, dearest, replenish you, guide you and save you from all your afflictions.

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69 Comments
  1. Nkwonta Nneka says

    Amen

  2. Ogechi Anugwom says

    Amen

  3. Ilokwe Rose Charity says

    Amen

  4. Christian says

    Amen

  5. Okonkwo onyinye says

    AMEN

  6. Ndukwe Amanda says

    Amen Fr.

    Lord, my help comes from U

  7. Ugwu Obianuju G says

    Amen

  8. Agwu Maureen says

    Amen

  9. Yolanda Malebatsane says

    Amen🙏

  10. Margaret Awum says

    Amen 🙏

  11. Obizolu Assumpta says

    Amen

  12. Nwatu Nneka P says

    Amen 🙏 and with you too brother.

  13. Mailoushi James says

    Amen, remain blessed Bro. Good morning

  14. Mbama Christiana says

    Amen and Amen. Thanks brother for this wonderful reflection.

  15. Godwin Odah says

    Amen 👏.
    Father, onto your hands I commit all my burden and I pray you give me your yoke which is light, and grant us the grace to live in you in all that we do.

  16. Okoye Juliet chidinma says

    Amen ooo
    Thank you so much Padre for the food for thought.

  17. Adozima Chidi Helen says

    Thank you Jesus for another wonderful inspirational piece and I pray for the grace to always remember to honor this invitation to share my burden with Jesus at times of difficulty and tribulations. Amen.

  18. Udenze chisom Julia says

    AMEN

  19. Stella Ekwemalor says

    Amen
    Good morning Padre
    I lay all my burden to you oh Lord.

  20. Chinyere Ezemelue says

    What a friend we have in Jesus, all our sins and grief to bear
    what a privilege to carry everything to God. Amen
    Oh what peace we often forfeit o what needless pain we bear
    All because we do not carry everything to God in prayer

  21. Michael Uzoechiena says

    Amen Padre and God’s Divine wisdom and strength.

  22. Chizoba Ekwueme says

    Amen!

  23. Enibe Jacinta Amara says

    Amen

  24. Onyeoma Ukamaka says

    Amen and bless you too Fr.

  25. Nkechi Onwunali says

    Amen.
    May he give us the grace to always abide by his words Amen.

  26. Cecilia.U.Christopher says

    Amen🙏🙌🙏

  27. Eneh Chioma Maureen says

    Jesus I want to walk with you.

  28. Blessing Salifu says

    Amen🙏🙏🙏

  29. Ogbaji Patience says

    Amen

  30. Omeje Ifebuche says

    May God safe me from all my affiliations in Jesus name Amen

  31. Umeze Rosemary says

    Amen

  32. Ugochi says

    Amen.
    Thanks so much for allowing God use you. Remain blessed

  33. Anthonia Okonkwo says

    Amen

  34. Michael Peter Enyilegu says

    Amen 🙏🙏🙏💯💯✅

  35. Emelda says

    Amen 🙏

  36. Regina Mobu says

    Amen

  37. Theomaris says

    Amen 🙏

  38. Onyinyechi Emeka-Ude says

    Amen.

  39. Ifeoma Ugwueze says

    Amen

  40. Dr Nick Onyia says

    Amen🙏

  41. Dodoh Peter Anthony says

    Amen 🙏🙏🙏

  42. Try y Emmanuel Ogban says

    LORD when I’m weary and overburdened please give me the GRACE to carry it🙏

  43. Anidiobi Sylvia Ngozi says

    AMEN

  44. Maureen says

    Amen… 🙏and thank you Padre
    Dear Jesus, pls teach me always not to carry my burden all by myself, make me understand that u know and see all my burdens, for indeed my burden is actually out weighing my faith now, save me my Jesus else I disappoint u 😭😭😭😭😭

  45. Michael Jones says

    Amen

  46. John says

    Amen; O God I come to you with my heavy burden, please give me rest. Amen

  47. Amalu Gloria says

    Amen and Amen

  48. Danny Hansel says

    Amen ooo

  49. Chioma Frances Egwuogu says

    Amen

  50. Angela Madu says

    Amen

  51. Ifesinachi Okeke says

    Amen

  52. Udemezue Martina Mary says

    Amen

  53. Dorothy Mary Iyinbor says

    Amen thanks brother

  54. Okeke Juliet Nneka says

    Amen 🙏.

  55. Jane chuks says

    Amen 🙌

  56. Alphonsus Inegbedion says

    Amen.
    Thank you dearest Padre for the comforting and reassuring reflection. God bless you for us and replenish you.

  57. Elizabeth kiio says

    AMEN

  58. Onah Lilian says

    Am🙏en, God bless yoou too

  59. Angela Ekere says

    Amen

  60. Oby Okpalaeke says

    Amen 🙏

  61. Goodluck Ekeocha says

    Amen.

  62. Alphonsus says

    Amen

  63. Grace Yina says

    Amen

  64. Ugwu Josephine Nnenna. says

    Amen. God bless you I.

  65. Francess Odunze says

    Amen

  66. Eze Juliana Nkechi says

    Amen

  67. Bibiana Uche Unachukwu and family says

    Amen like thunder. Good morning Fr. Remain blessed

  68. Dinmah Lucy Chinyere says

    Amen

  69. Chisom Egwudike says

    Amen

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