Come to me, all you that are weary and carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. (Matthew 11:28). Christians are very familiar with these words. Sometimes they are heard at the celebrations of Christian Funerals. The Church also proclaims them in her ministry to the sick. These words also mean much to the humble, penitent sinner.
In these days when our nation and world are afflicted with a pandemic that seems to have no end in sight along with the cries for racial and social justice, it is good that we hear once again these words in today’s Gospel. In caring for the poor and needy, the sick and the suffering, all of our efforts must be inspired by Christ in order to have any real and lasting effect. As a community of believers, the Church must be bold in both proclaiming and living this Gospel. Too many times we may proclaim what needs to be done, yet actions do not match or even come close to what is necessary.
If we believe that Christ can make such a difference to relieve the weary, then we who carry His Holy Name as Christians must take every opportunity to allow Him to inspire our words and our deeds.