Irenic Thoughts

Irenic. The word means peaceful. This web log (or blog) exists to create an ongoing, and hopefully peaceful, series of comments on the life of King of Peace Episcopal Church. This is not a closed community. You are highly encouraged to comment on any post or to send your own posts.


Come to me all that are weary

In our Gospel reading for tomorrow Jesus ends saying
Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.
or as Eugene Peterson puts it in his paraphrase, The Message,
Are you tired? Worn out?
Burned out on religion?
Come to me. Get away with me,
and you’ll recover your life.
I’ll show you how to take a real rest.
Walk with me and work with me...
watch how I do it.
Learn the unforced Rythms of grace.
I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you.
Keep company with me,
and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.
Larry Gillick of Creighton University's Deglman Center for Ignatian Spirituality writes,
We keep learning of his gentle heart and how to rest in his identity. We do tend to submit to false dependencies which result in wars within and between ourselves. Addictions, obsessions, pretendings, self-hatreds, and other deceptions can attract us to a heavy-burdened life. We learn by our bad experiences the wisdom of going back to him for rest and recovery.


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