Jul. 14, 2017

Fourteenth Sunday

"COME TO ME"

Let's remember to heed Jesus' invitation today, and see it as personally directed, "Come to me all you who labor and are overburdened, and I will give you rest" (Matt. 11:28). This, indeed is special. Sure, we all are laboring, we all are burdened. Jesus says, "Come to me". We have inner groaning and pain- family worries, business concerns, education matters, failed plans, unfulfilled ambitions, health challenges, etc. We often lose sleep as a result of these worries. Jesus says, "Come to me".

We struggle with addiction. We carry great load of guilt and shame. We tend to give up and sometimes grow continuously angry with ourselves. Addiction to sin, alcohol, pornography, drugs. And now addiction to our cellphones and other electronic gadgets pull us away from God, they keep us restless. Jesus says, "Come to me".

Many nations today, are burdened and overwhelmed. Political leadership and failure of governance characterize the atmosphere. There's hatred, malice and anger. The church is burdened by grievances both from internal and external forces. Lots of acrimonious relationships among ordained ministers of the gospel thus leading to mistrust and malice amongst God's people. The flock is like sheep without a shepherd. Jesus says, "Come to me".

Let's remember Peter's openness to accept Jesus' invitation when he echoed, "To whom shall we go? You have the message of eternal life, and we believe; we have come to know that you are the Holy One of God" (Jn. 6:68-69). Peter knew that only God could guarantee authentic and reliable rest that he needed. Peter heard the voice clearly that said to him when he was sinking in the waters, "Come to me, do not be afraid".

Let's accept the special invitation from Jesus today and come to him always.

May he give our hearts and minds the rest we need. May he give our homes the rest we need. May he give our friendships rest. May Jesus grant us freedom from all that keep us restless in this life. Amen.