Fourteenth Sunday 2017
When my daily life and work becomes burdensome, making me feel trapped like a slave, something is wrong. I might truly be oppressed and need to make decisions about where I live and work and consider options to combat injustice. If love is not present as my motivating force, then life lacks meaning and all my labor will seem burdensome. For instance, if I have lost someone close to me that gave me the will to go on each day, my life and work can seem like a burden. Sometimes holding onto sadness can lead to anxiety and/or depression. At other times clinical depression can be present and will need professional treatment.
In many cases I just need to look at my motivation in life. When I labor out of love, even though my life and work may be difficult, I don’t feel burdened. I find meaning in who I am and what I am doing out of love for myself and others.
In the Gospel today, Jesus wants to motivate me in life by his love. “Come to me…learn from me” are invitations to intimacy with him. If I really accept his love for me, then I discover my own worth and value. Living for him becomes my motivation. My life might be filled with difficulties and challenges, but I won’t feel oppressed, because my life has meaning, I am important to the Lord. When I begin to believe in his love for me, I will not only love him back, but love myself for him.
Whether I need to make external changes dealing with my life or work or not, believing in his love for me will make the difference and bring rest to my restless heart.
Fr. Joseph Jablonski, MSC