Posted by: Joe of St. Thérèse | March 26, 2008

Come to me all you who labor and I will give you rest (Matt 11, 28)

As you can tell it does NOT say “Come to me all you who labor and I will get rid of your problems” in Matt 11,28.

In some parishes I have seen this thing called “burning of the burdens” where the kids write down their problems, and all that and then they are burned as to represent these burdens go away.

One major probem. That’s not Catholic Theology of what happens when we have problems. “Whosoever wishes to follow me must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me” (Mk 8, 34)

Now Jesus says that he’s going to give REST, not permanent relief of problems.

Eg: Say that you’re trying to carry 5 heavy boxes upstairs. These boxes are problems that you’ve been going through. You’re trying to carry them up the stairs. You fall down because these boxes are too heavy as a whole. How do you get these problems up the stairs?

Solution: When we ask Jesus for help with our problems, it’s to help not necessarly get rid of a problem, as the crosses that we bear in daily life are specially designed for us, but rather to make a situation a bit easier to handle. It is much easier to carry a box one at a time, than it is to carry all 5 at once. When we hand Jesus our problems, he makes it so that we can handle that we are given (although make sure that you understand that God won’t give you anything that you can’t hande, without the graces to help you through that situation). So handling one problem at a time is much easier one at at time, rather than handling many at once. Similarly, the rest thatwe get when coming to Jesus with our probems allows us to tackle our problems like we should, with the grace of God, and not so many problems that we overwhelm ourselves.

Implicit heresy is just as bad, if not worse than teaching heresy direct. The intentions even if well met, we can not water down doctrine for any reason. Remember that rest is something tat is temporary. The intent is to refresh us so that we can be better prepared for tomorrow.

So indeed, this Burning of the Burdens is implicitly heretical (probably taken from Protestants, not sure on the history of this)…but something that I won’t be doing for YM. Amen!

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