Jesus exclaimed: “I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you have hidden these things from the wise and the clever, and have revealed them to babes. Even so, Father, for thus it was your will in your sight. All things have been delivered to me by my Father; and no one really knows the Son except the Father, and no one really knows the Father except the Son, and he to whom the Son wishes to reveal his knowledge.”
“Come to me, all you who are exhausted and weighted down beneath your burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls; for my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:25-30.
There was a story. A man who was a barber did not believe in the existence of God. One time a priest came to hi shop. Because the barber knew that his costumer was a priest, he told him that he did not believe in God. He asked the priest to explain if there is a just God, why are there so many injustice things happen in the world? Why did not God do anything? If there is a merciful God, why do we experience so many sufferings in the world? If there is a powerful God, why did not he prevent so many disasters?
The priest promised that he will explain it later. And as soon as the barber finished cutting his hair, the priest left. Then he returned with a man with long and untidy hair. Then the priest said to the barber, “I don’t believe that the barber exists. If the barber exists, why this man has a long and untidy hair?” The barber a bit angry and said, “I just finished cutting your hair and you said that barber does not exist. This man has a long and untidy hair is not my fault but his fault. He did not come to me, so I could not do anything to make his hair tidy.” After that the priest told the barber that he himself had answered his own question.
Dear friends, Jesus said “Come to me, all you who labor and are overburdened and I will give you rest. Jesus invites everyone who is exhausted with the search of truth and happiness to come to him. This Gospel tells us that the weary search for God ends in Jesus himself. The way to know God is by giving attention to Jesus, for in Jesus we see and experience what God is like.
My dear friends, you might find it a bit too much if I said that “every one in this world is looking for Jesus Christ. Why do I say that everyone is looking for Jesus Christ? Because everyone is looking for happiness, and the true happiness is only in Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ ifs the true happiness. Jesus Christ is the way, the truth and the life. In him we find everything we need for our eternal happiness. But some people are looking for Jesus in the wrong place. Some people are looking for happiness in a night club. And what do you thing they find? They find spirit, but not the Holy Spirit. They find themselves fly in a moment of happiness and then they feel tired.
Some people are looking for happiness in a market place. And some days later they receive many bills, because they used their credit card too much. They think that their happiness lies in buying things.
Some people are looking for happiness in gambling. And when they calculate how much they have lost, they regret.
Lucky, some people are looking for happiness in the right place. They come to the church. They do the right things. They love their families and friends. They follow they way of the Gospel. They are happy in their lives, not because they don’t experience any suffering, but rather because they can overcome sufferings and problems of lives, because Jesus is walking with them.
Dear friends, this Gospel also tells us that Jesus is not condemning intellectual power. Jesus is condemning intellectual pride. It is not cleverness which shuts out, it is pride. And let us remember also that it is not stupidity which admits, it is humility.
Dear friends, the Gospel tells us the unique relationship between Jesus and the Father. Jesus and the Father are one. If we want to know what God is like, let us look at Jesus, let us read the Gospel. Jesus is the peak to which the world has been climbing, the goal to which we want to go, and the dream which we hope. Jesus is the end and climax of evolutionary process because in him we meet God.