I Will Give You Rest

At that time Jesus exclaimed …

"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."

Excerpt from Matthew 11:25-30

This is not a message we hear a lot.  Jesus’s yoke is easy?

Human beings have a tendency to focus on the negative and the difficult.  We also have a tendency to chafe at unfairness and inequity.  These were all good survival mechanisms in the primordial world in which our brains evolved.  And they remain valuable -  urging us to discern what’s not right and encouraging us to improve it.  All of us, whether people of faith or secular, feel these impulses if we have a healthy psychology.  The moral code of people of faith and that of secular people are not very different at all and we risk making faith irrelevant if we claim the minor differences are the heart of faith.

But it is also important to note that the Christian message is fundamentally Good News.  It is not principally an imperative or a scold.  It is a message that the Divine has regard for us, treats us as family, and will overlook all of our shortcomings.  This is a message that should permeate us with great peace.