Life is hard, with trials, burdens, and unexpected tragedies all happening within the context of a world that is constantly changing, making our lives difficult.
We make plans for ourselves, our families and work hard to achieve our goals only to see life get in the way.
The burdens of living this life can be very heavy and we tire of constantly struggling against all of the obstacles that get in our way.
We are by nature self-centred, self absorbed creatures and the path that God desires for us to live life through unconditional love for others, where we look outward in service rather then inward for self gain.
When you ask someone to describe when they felt real happiness they for the most part talk about being with people they love, engaged in activities where the purpose is to bring comfort or joy to loved ones.
They are describing moments lived through unconditional love for others.
This is what God desires for us to live through unconditional love, to live lives that have at their foundation hope, joy, and the expectation of belonging to communities of love.
This is the rest that God offers humanity and here is the burden that we are offered. To live in a world where our neighbours are as interested in our welfare as they are in their own.
To live within communities of hope, connection and love.
Our Lord seeks to rescue us from the loneliness and despair of our human isolation, our self centeredness, our struggle to be better than our neighbour, our personal war against time and free us to live each moment within communities of love and support.
Lectionary readings - Zachariah 9:9-12; Psalm 145:8-14; Romans 7:15-25a; Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30.