“Come to me, all you who labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”

Matthew 11:28

Friday, 20 November 2020

Matthew 11:28

This is a beautiful invitation that we gladly accept because it promises rest from the heavy burdens or crosses that we carry. The invitation is to those who labour – those who have worked hard and are tired. We have to earn the rest.

Sometimes we find ourselves situations where we wish we could just cast our burdens onto someone else to carry for us, even just for a day. The promise of rest is not made to us so that we can come to God, dump our burdens, and be on our way free from them. But it means we come to God so that together with God, we carry our crosses.

When we read stories of the saints and the struggles they faced, we may ask if this means suffering is part of carrying our crosses. Is this a way to God? Or does God permits it so that we can learn certain things about God and ourselves? For whatever reason, it is part of our lives. We need to persevere, just as the saints did.

There are times when we feel we have no strength to carry our crosses. We feel as though we are dragging our burdens. Could this be because we have not asked for help, or because we are holding tightly on to them so that we can appear strong? Do we trust God to help us carry our burdens? Are we aware of God’s presence and support?

Are we ready to respond to the invitation? Have we worked hard building God’s kingdom? Are we prepared to let God give us rest as he helps us carry our burdens?


You offer us a place of rest from our struggles and weariness. I pray today that I may remember to come to you and accept the invitation to rest in you.


Ms Nonto Thulile Mhlongo

Nonto Mhlongo works at the St Lucia Retreat and Training Centre giving retreats. She has completed the spiritual direction training programme with the Jesuit Institute.

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