Have you ever had one of those dreams where you’re running from something, but it feels like you’re running under water because you’re barely moving? Typically, we’re running from something that is terrifying. It’s no fun, yet we go through life like this. We hang onto things that don’t matter. They slow us down in our sprint towards God and Heaven.

We let suffering, hurt, and sin hold us back and slow us down in our relationship with God. In addition to these very heavy things, we add to the weight with things like busy schedules, social media, etc. All of this slows us down. One of these things isn’t that bad, but we keep piling it on. It makes it harder to run the race.

In our Gospel reading yesterday, Jesus called the Apostles to follow Him, and they dropped everything (the stuff that slowed them down) to follow Him. It’s time we all lightened the load as well.