In a very different time and context to ours, Jesus said this: “Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”
But the underlying truth is the same: when ordinary people find the pressures of life heavy and life-draining, Jesus points to an alternative and life-giving source. And that is himself. It was a truly amazing claim then, ridiculed by the ruling classes, but good news for all the rest.
And it’s Good News too for everyone now — including those who struggle to make sense of it. Jesus was revealing the truth that human power and control (including religious power and control) dehumanise the people it is supposed to help, and those who wield it. His alternative was to propose a change in the human agenda: to humbly seek the way Jesus followed — of love and service. And it came with his promise that his Spirit would be with and in anyone who tried this, even if they did so tentatively or falteringly.
People down the ages have found this simple challenge from Jesus a gateway to a new lightness of being. One that is fed by a new relationship with the creator and sustainer of all things. You can talk to Jesus about this anytime or place. You can also read more about what he said here.
In our Armchair Retreats, we attempt to be mindful about where our own agendas lie, and also about how the agendas of the world can worry and oppress us. In this mindful space, we give room to Jesus and his call to “recover our lives”. Like to know more? Our Armchair Retreats currently happen online via Zoom. More info here.