Monday, September 15, 2008
<------Being a seminarian is rough sometimes. We carry a lot of burdens.
The temptations are always coming at us. Satan and his allies, the world and our flesh, struggle ever on to lead men away from what they are supposed to be doing. It's easy to get lazy, and get behind on reading. It's easy to get so caught up in seminary "stuff", the reading and the papers, that we spend less time on reading God's Word in its own right. The pressure of being a single seminarian has its own difficulties and temptations. And the list goes on.
Furthermore, seminarians have the further advantage of being the piece of iron thwacked by God to mold them in rough-shod Pastors in the course of a few years. Tried and tested to the limits to help us better understand the realities of being a Pastor can have a wearing effect as well. This burden at times can seem unbearable.
But all this is not without hope. For with these burdens Christ says "Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from 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." Christ calls out, and we hear. Christ gives us his light and easy yoke in our Baptism, and he took our burdens of sin and shame and nailed them to the cross.
There at the cross is where we find true comfort and rest, because there is the forgiveness of our sins. There is our escape from the burdens of this world. In Christ we have comfort, in Christ we have rest.
+Soli Deo Gloria+