There are many “burdens” in life we try to escape. Escapism becomes a practiced art; and modern life provides us with many vehicles for escape.
You have told us that Your burden is light, but how often we still try to escape it! There is that inherent flaw of laziness in our humanity that tugs us aside and whispers that it’s more comfortable and safer to do nothing than to do something – or, at least to do something we like and is easy. Thus we often hide from the urgings of our spiritual nature. These urgings usually demand that we do something challenging. This is not to say that doing nothing (in the contemplative sense) does not have its merits; but so often we even hide from that and from demands placed upon us by others.
Your own response to others could have easily been escaped, but You always took time to talk with people, to teach them, to heal them, to offer them something of Yourself. You didn’t even try to escape the annoying Pharisees and elders.
Television, computers, telephones, movies, gossip, power, materialism, money, and sloth all provide backgrounds for escapism. It’s so easy to succumb to their enticements rather than face the tougher encounters of life to which we might be able to bring something good. Even my spiritual “hero,” Thomas Merton, wanted to escape the superficialities of Gethsemane Monastery to an eremitic life. No doubt our proclivity for escapism stems from the restlessness in our hearts as we seek to rest in You.