Ever carried worries for months on end?
Taken on your friends burdens?
What is troubling you today?
What is weighing on your shoulders?
When will you let these burdens go?
Who will you give them too?
Have you ever given your burdens away?
Listen to today’s Gospel and see if your answers to the above change at all.
Matthwew 11: 28-30
“Come to me, all of you who are tired from carrying heavy loads, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke and put it on you, and learn from me, because I am gentle and humble in spirit; and you will find rest. For the yoke I will give you is easy, and the load I will put on you is light.”
What do you think now?
It’s that easy, don’t carry your burdens, hand them to God!
In today’s Gospel, Jesus encourages and challenges us to give our burdens to him, no matter how big or small.
But how can we pass these burdens to Him?
Well, we can pray, but importantly we can seek the sacrament of confession.
(can you remember when you last went? I know I can sometimes struggle with that answer!)
It may not be considered the most fun, comfortable or natural thing to do, but it is the most freeing and liberating. Enter in to it with an open and honest heart, expose your wounds, and let the healing power of the Holy Spirit in.
When can you go to confession?
Many parish’s host services before the festivities of Christmas and Easter, but you can go more often than that! Some people like to go weekly, it’s totally up to you. But what is important, is to go and download to God, so that you can lighten your load.
For those of you coming to Krakow, there will be times for confession, times to reflect, times to download those burdens weighing you down on to Christ.
For those of you celebrating at home, why not check your parish newsletter for the next date and time of confession, and remember you are always invited to go and download to God.
Need a hand to locate your nearest Church, use our Diocesan directory:
I have in my hands two boxes,
Which God gave me to hold.
He said, “Put all your sorrows in the black box,
And all your joys in the gold.”
I heeded His words, and in the two boxes,
Both my joys and sorrows I stored.
But though the gold became heavier each day,
The black was as light as before.
With curiosity, I opened the black,
I wanted to find out why,
And I saw, in the base of the box, a hole,
Which my sorrows had fallen out.
I showed the hole to God, and mused,
“I wonder where my sorrows could be!”
He smiled a gentle smile and said,
“My child, they’re all here with me.”
I asked God, why He gave me the boxes,
Why the gold and the black with the hole?
“My child, the gold is for you to count your blessings,
The black is for you to let go.”
How to make a good confession: