B is for . . .

BURDEN

How does that saying from Jesus go: my yoke is easy and my burden is light (in Matthew 11, I think)?

Jesus lied! Jesus snookered us.

Living out faith is more rather than less a burden. Forgive another? Hard work! Turn the other cheek? Takes a massive effort (and it hurts too)! Give all of your treasure or take the cloak off your back and happily hand it to another?

Please, show me the changing room so that I can shed the burden of faith for the carefree clothes of not caring and cynicism. Wait. Faith is a burden. And rightly so. In the “burden” of forgiveness, in the hard work of loving another, we glimpse Jesus’ call to love the neighbor.

Every action is a burden, weighing almost exactly the amount of the next person who needs your compassion.

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