From the Pastor’s Desk

Fourteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

July 9, 2023

“Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest.”

~ Matthew 11:28

Brothers and Sisters,

Don’t you love that feeling after scrambling to complete those last-minute travel tasks while staving off any related airport security agitations while dismissing any worries about things being packed (or not) when a seat near a departure gate is found, and peace finally sinks in as you sink into it? And, indeed, as you do, a smile comes to your face knowing that despite any pending work-related left behind, you can wait because your vacation is ahead! Admittedly, I do not plan or prepare for an impending trip. Like many others, I struggle to manage my pre-vacation (and planning) time well. So I’m fortunate to have those who are far better at thinking ahead in my travel circle. And even with the promise to myself that I’ll do better next time, I still know I’ll likely be doing laundry or packing when I should be sleeping. This means I tend to start vacations particularly tired.

In this Sunday’s Gospel, Jesus acknowledges the exhaustion of those he aims to help while offering to lighten their load. Half-disappointingly, at least to me, what we might initially think of as “rest,” like a cruise ship vacation or a day spent under a beach umbrella, is not likely what Jesus has in mind. In the same breath of promising us rest, Jesus instructs us to take upon ourselves his “yoke.” No, in this case, yoke isn’t a special Hebrew word that really means hammock (oh, I love a peaceful breeze while taking a nap on a hammock!).

Still, it’s good to remember that Jesus doesn’t intend for us to work alone – in fact, several scholars point to the likely common understanding in Jesus’ day that we’d be yoked alongside Jesus. Hard work is made easier with help; with it, we can learn from the one who works by our side, providing us the solidarity we need to plow ahead.  So, while I hope you are having a wonderful and restful summer filled with relaxing moments spent with those you love at your happy places, I pray that your commitment to being yoked with Christ remains!


In the Lord,

Rev. Michael S. Triplett

Other Considerations in and around our Community:

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