Feather-weight and Millstone Burdens

Reflection for the 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time by FAN Associate Director, Sr. Marie Lucey, OSF

This reflection was originally posted in our July 3rd newsletter


Ease Burden.PackMy neighbor who cares for her husband with Alzheimer’s undergoes knee surgery. A FAN partner loses his son unexpectedly. Immigrants without documents are afraid to shop, visit the food pantry, or go to church. Refugees are banned from Muslim countries. A young Muslim girl is beaten to death on her way home after a very early breakfast with friends during Ramadan. The list goes on of families heavily burdened. In this week’s Gospel, Jesus speaks to them: “Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest.”

Do I dare to hear Jesus speak these consoling words to me, whose burdens today are feather-weight compared with the burdens of those who are ill, or grieving, or living in fear? We can err by making too much of our daily burdens, but also by dismissing them. All of us followers of Jesus labor to carry out his mission. On some days the burden is heavy, on other days it seems inconsequential. But Jesus does not dismiss any burden, urging all of us “Come to me and I will give you rest. …For my yoke is easy and my burden light.” Here’s the key: Life places all kinds of burdens on our shoulders and on our hearts, not all the same weight on a given day, but the yoke of the gospel, the burden of love, is light, because God walks with us, sharing life’s burdens.

The psalmist reminds us that “the Lord lifts up all who are falling and raises up all who are bowed down.” Moreover, God’s love enables us to help each other when we stumble and fall, strengthens us to ease each other’s burdens.

Sr. Marie Lucey, OSF
FAN Associate Director

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