Jesus spoke thus, «Come to me, all you who work hard and who carry heavy burdens and I will refresh you. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me for I am gentle and humble of heart; and you will find rest. For my yoke is good and my burden is light».
Who doesn’t have a problem? We all the some problems and some are beyond our capacities. Today Jesus is asking us to take his yoke. Just like any yoke, it is made fit for us. Thus it is easy to carry, because God doesn’t allow anything beyond our capacities. Since many of us don’t understand our own capacities, we get frightened of problems. If we learn to face them courageously, being assured of God’s presence, everything will melt like snow.
Very often we have a feeling that we walk alone in difficult and painful times. We recognised in the first reading that God was suffering with the people and He chose Moses to carry the cross of liberation. The people in Egypt were not aware of this process of liberation. Moses is called to trust and he will. Just like Moses, if we trust God, we will discover, in faith, how God accompanies us silently and discreetly,.
"Come to me" is an invitation not only for us to rest, but also to understand and discover that the God of mercy and compassion understands our sufferings and sorrows. Even if the yoke of the Lord, like that of the Cross He carried, is a difficult yoke to bear, with the support of Jesus, for us today, this yoke will be easy to carry, because Jesus will carry it for us. Anything that comes in our way, discouraging or demoralising, He will give us a solution to overcome. So let us not be afraid to bear the yoke of the Lord, because in it we have the possibility of establishing a bond relationship with God.
Action of the day: Wilfully accept the yoke of the Lord.
«Come to me, all you who carry heavy burdens (…), and you will find rest»
Fr. Julio César RAMOS González SDB
Today, facing a world which decided to turn its back on God, in front of a world hostile to the Christianity and to Christians, to listen to Jesus (who is the One who is talking to us in the liturgy or in the private reading of the Word) brings consolation, joy and hope in the middle of the daily struggles: «Come to me, all you who carry heavy burdens (…), and you will find rest.» (Mt 11:28-29).
Consolation, as these words contain the promise of relieve which comes from God’s love. Joy, as they make the heart feel the security of faith in this promise. Hope, as walking in a world rebelled against God and ourselves, we who believe in God know that not everything comes to an end, although many “ends” have turned into “beginnings” of much better things, as His own Resurrection proves.
Our aim, a starting point to the love of God, is to be permanently with Christ, “yoke” of a law which is not based in the limited capacity of human motivations, but in the eternal saving willingness of God.
In this sense Benedict XVI tells us in one of his Catechesis:” God has a plan with and for us, and this one must be converted in what we want and are. The essence of heaven is based in fulfilling unconditionally the will of God or in other words where the word of God is achieved there is heaven. Jesus himself is heaven in the deepest and fullest sense of the word, in Him and through Him is entirely accomplished the will of God. Our will drives us away from God and makes us mere “earth”. But He accepts us, attracts us towards Him and in communion with Him we learn God’s will.” Amen!