Gospel / Matthew 11:25-30
At that time Jesus exclaimed: “I give praise to you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, for although you have hidden these things from the wise and the learned you have revealed them to little ones. Yes, Father, such has been your gracious will. All things have been handed over to me by my Father. No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son wishes to reveal him.” “Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart; and you will find rest for yourselves. For my yoke is easy, and my burden light.”
There is movie that my Family and I have enjoyed for years called, “Little Giants”. In it, Rick Moranis takes the cast-off’s from a local, junior/feeder football team and eventually takes on the “Giants” from the feeder team (cloaked as the Dallas Cowboys) in a winner-take-all football game; all while going up against his football star big brother, Ed O’Neill. The movie is a classic example of David vs. Goliath mixed with a bit of Cane and Abel. The movie concludes with the meek “Little Giants” taking down Goliath and everyone realizing in the end that it is more important to love, respect, and serve one another than it is to sacrifice all of that just to win a game. Sometimes in victory, we find loss. The cost of the “sacrifice” for Earthly glory is steep. Jesus shares in Matthew that He is “meek and humble of heart” and that the key to it all is to become “little” ourselves. This doesn’t mean that we should become doormats to the world. Rather it means that no matter what the world challenges us with, we are to be humble and meek. We are to give our “labors” and “burdens” to God Who can carry all of our “burdens” without even breaking a sweat. This world will never stop challenging us, but we can take heart in knowing that Christ has “overcome the world”. (John 16:33) “Let Him” is a catch-phrase used by Al-Anon for those Families and Friends to remember that, while they can’t change their alcoholic Family Member or Friend, God can. So, I would encourage all of us in all things in life to “let Him”.