A reading from the gospel of Matthew 11:28-30
28 “Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened,
and I will give you rest.
29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me,
for I am meek and humble of heart;
and you will find rest for yourselves.
30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden light.”
Reflection: In Jesus, we find total comfort.
One of the most comforting words of Jesus in all the four gospels is the short gospel passage above. Anyone who feels tired, emotionally drained, disappointed, abandoned, or depressed can easily be uplifted by the comforting promise of Jesus that He will give rest.
All of us have problems in life. Big or small, these problems burden us and make us sad, tired and distressed. When these problems go unsolved for a long time, we feel disappointed and become depressed.
So what do we do to solve our problem? To whom do we seek help? There are many discomforting studies showing a lot of people turn to sleeping pills or dangerous drugs to forget their problems or to ease their pains. Others become violent and inflict pain on others. Some people commit suicide to stop all together their suffering.
Here is the Good News. To all those who are alone and in need of someone to talk to, those who have no one to ask for help, those who feel lost, lonely and hopeless, worry no more. There is someone to turn to, someone who can listen to our endless complaints, a shoulder to cry on, or even a punching bag. He is Jesus who says, come to me.
What an invitation! When people ignore us or friends forsake us and family is no longer dependable, we turn to Jesus. With child-like trust coupled with expectant faith and humility, we are assured of respite from all our sufferings and pain.
In Jesus, we find total comfort.