There is a wonderful story about Queen Victoria on a visit to “Balmoral,” her castle on the River Dee in Scotland. It was on a weekend, and she spent all day Sunday being rowed around the river. A pious woman who saw this happening was horrified. She said to her minister, “Isn’t that dreadful!” “What’s dreadful?” the minister asked. She said, “The queen’s rowing on the river on the Sabbath!” The minister said, “But you must remember that Jesus was on the Sea of Galilee on the Sabbath.” The woman drew herself up and said indignantly, “Two wrongs don’t make a right.”
“Come unto me all you who labor and are heavy laden.” How we have misinterpreted this word of Jesus! We think it has to do with our work down at the office or around the house. But Jesus was talking about the burden of living negatively: grimly going about the duty of obeying the Commandments and the Sermon on the Mount in…
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