The Light Burden and the Mortal Shell

Today’s Readings for the Daily Office

Psalm 26, 28 (Morning)
Psalm 36, 39 (Evening)
Lam. 1:1-5(6-9)10-12
1 Cor. 15:41-50
Matt. 11:25-3

The Light Burden and the Mortal Shell

Today’s Old Testament reading gives us a window into the sorrow of Jerusalem, with descriptions that strike close to home when we are going through difficult times. It can be validating to hear other’s frustrations and sorrows, and can be a source of encouragement that we have a route to forgiveness and healing through the love and message of Jesus.

Paul’s letter to the Corinthians speaks to the limitations of the body, that our eternal reward will be inherited by our “Spiritual Bodies”. It is so easy to feel like our physical bodies can limit what we can accomplish, and it is one of our great challenges to connect more with our “Spiritual Bodies” while learning to accept and forgive our mortal shell.

Jesus seems to offer us a reprieve in the gospel when he says, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest”. We come to learn that the rest we seek is the peace of knowing that we are connected to our creator and to our fellow humans, and that no matter what is happening with our bodies that our “Spiritual Bodies” are made whole and holy through Christ’s unconditional love. This does not make our mission and challenges less of a burden, but rather a “light burden”, or an “easy yoke”, which are inherently oxy-morons, but are none-the-less accurate descriptions of our work as the body of Christ.

May God’s peace be with you today.

Written by Dan Robinson

Dan Robinson is the Director of Media Ministries at St Paul’s, and serves as a Homilist for the Wednesday evening congregation.

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