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Sermon 5th July 2020 - Rosemary Donovan

Romans 7:15-25a Matthew 11:16-19; 25-end

I am unashamedly going to duck out of the complicated bits from today’s readings and focus on the last 2 verses from the Gospel which are familiar ones to us all. “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.” (Matthew 11:28-30)

However, I do not think there is anything easy in these 2 verses either. Yes, they sound very comforting and yes, they are the verses that adorn the arch on the chancel of our church building. They contain verses I have often repeated as a mantra when stressed or tired, “Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.” But I do not believe this is an easy instruction from Jesus.