“Come to me, all you who labour and are burdened, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28).
It's often hard as human beings to admit we are tired or weary. We have an in-built pride that means we often brush aside any notion of weakness and soldier on. But sometimes we have to stop and appreciate that we do have limitations and that we do need help.
In the scripture passage above Jesus is giving us the option of going to him for that help. You see, we all have the choice to go to the very top when we are feeling tired, weary, sad, upset, or lonely. And it's an option that is free of judgement or hate, and full of love, mercy and compassion. Nobody loves us like Jesus loves us. And he is always there, waiting for us.
That's why we are so incredibly blessed this Christmas to have recently witnessed the start of the Jubilee Year of Mercy in the Catholic Church. It presents an excellent opportunity for us to seek that offer of help from Jesus. The Church doors are open and the Saviour is home. He is waiting to spend time with each one of us, to hear our concerns, worries, anxieties and to pour out his mercy upon those who seek it.
This Christmas and beyond be sure to think about that invitation from Jesus. Give it some consideration and decide if you want to take up his offer. Unlike your new ipad, his love and mercy will never run dry. It is eternal. And it is completely free!
For those of us who haven’t entertained our faith for a while or who maybe aren’t Christian perhaps this Christmas time is an opportunity to do something radical. Maybe it’s time to break free from the shackles of modern living, even just for an hour or so, and enter God’s house where Jesus waits for us with open arms. What have we to lose? The truth is: we have absolutely nothing to lose and everything to gain. And by everything we mean to feel valued, to feel special, to feel loved, and to feel part of something big. Jesus can give us everything. There is nothing he cannot do for us. He can even give us eternal life!
This Christmas let's open ourselves up to the greatest present imaginable. Let us receive the gift of the loving arms of Christ and the comfort of knowing that in him we will find our true home.