Jesus’ messages can sound harsh and difficult.  This is especially true of his comments toward the Pharisees and Sadducees.  Jesus bitterly opposed the Pharisees and Sadducees, which is apparent when one listens to his statements about them. In today’s passage, we can see that Jesus is frustrated because of what they have created out of their traditions and values. Using the law, they have created heavy burdens. However, when we let Jesus direct our faith, freedom and grace flow from his words. Everything Jesus teaches leads to what we now call Christianity. He is leading you to a more abundant and wonderful life, if you can follow him.