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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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  1. Well…Larry…I do think Jesus said something about how heavy that cross was he asked us to take up and follow him. What’s even worse is the persecution he promised us by our being true to those beliefs. He didn’t have to deal with ressentiment (Nietzsche’s French spelling) but I suspect he anticipated it just a bit. Note that in the verse just before this, Jesus is speaking of spiritual peace. That’s the kind of peace which is promised by the doggerel “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but names will never hurt me.” I did search for “suffer” in the NT, and as you suggest, it is almost always Jesus who suffers, not his disciples. But aren’t we supposed to imitate him (or Paul) just as Paul imitated Christ (and isn’t that where we get into a lot of hot water with the feminists? … In cases like this, I always fall back on Ecclesiastes (even though we Protestants don’t really understand Ecclesiastes as well as we should).

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