davidallen_1

Isa. 40:28-31; Mt. 11:28-30

In our first reading we heard Isaiah reminding us that God, the Creator of the ends of the earth, does not faint or grow weary.  Going beyond that he gives power to the faint, and strengthens the powerless. (Isa. 40:28-29)

In today’s Gospel we heard the comforting words of Jesus; “Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.”  (Mt. 11:28)  In saying this Jesus was speaking as the Son of God, sharing the gift of power and promising to strengthen the weak and the powerless. Speaking as perfect man Jesus could share with all of us human beings the experience of feeling weariness and of bearing burdens.  We can see this very occasionally in the prayers of Jesus and his exasperation when the disciples were slow to understand what he was teaching them.  We can see it especially in Jesus’ prayer in the garden of Gethsemane on the night of his passion. (Mt. 26:39, also Lk. 22:42-44) Read More