13th of December (English)

Publié le 12 Décembre 2017

Gospel text

(Mt 11,28-30): 

Jesus said, «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».

 

The Application

 

The discipleship has its own requirements. Many of us associate this with the Cross and death. Though these elements are integral part of this discipleship, there are invisible elements which dominates all those who have become the disciple of Christ. It is precisely because the martyrs were ready to die for their faith, and for Christ. The joy they received and the inner peace which they felt were such immense effect in their life that these visible elements like death and persecutions though difficult, but have lost all their importance.

The yoke and the burden of the Lord will become light and easy to carry, if our life is filled with joy and compassion. In this sincere love and dedication, the Lord Himself carries our burdens for us and very often with us. This inner force is invisible to the non-disciples and we can’t explain this to them. We can make a theory and present a doctoral thesis on cycling, but without cycling you will never learn cycling. The faith and the fruit of the faith is exactly like this.

 

Daily Quote from the early church fathers

Grace bear us, by an anonymous early author from the Greek church

 

"'My yoke is easy and my burden light.' ... The prophet says this about the burden of sinners: 'Because my iniquities lie on top of my head, so they have also placed a heavy burden on me' (Psalm 38:4)' ...'Place my yoke upon you, and learn from me that I am gentle and humble of heart.' Oh, what a very pleasing weight that strengthens even more those who carry it! For the weight of earthly masters gradually destroys the strength of their servants, but the weight of Christ rather helps the one who bears it, because we do not bear grace; grace bears us. It is not for us to help grace, but rather grace has been given to aid us.' (excerpt from INCOMPLETE WORK ON MATTHEW, HOMILY, the Greek fathers).

 

«My yoke is good and my burden is light»

Fr. Jacques PHILIPPE 
(Cordes sur Ciel, France)

Today, Jesus leads us to rest in God. He certainly is a demanding Father, because He loves us and invites us to give Him everything; but He is not an executioner. When He requires something of us it is to help us grow in His love. His only commandment is to love. We can suffer for love, but we can also rejoice in love and rest in love...

Meekness toward God releases and opens up our heart. This is why, Jesus, while encouraging us to give ourselves up and take up our cross to follow him, tells us: "My yoke is good and my burden is light" (Mt 11:30). Although sometimes we may have troubles in obeying God's will, to comply with it in love just winds up in filling us with joy: "Direct me in the path of Your commands, for there I find delight” (Ps 119:35).

I would like to tell you something. Sometimes, when after a rather exhausting day I go to sleep, I perceive a slight inner feeling that tells me: -would you not come for a moment in the chapel to keep Me company? After a few instants of confusion and resistance, I end up by consenting and spend a few minutes with Jesus. Then, I go to sleep in peace and very happy, and the following morning I am not more tired than usual.

Yet, sometimes it is the other way round. Before a serious problem that concerns me, I say to myself: -Tonight I will pray for an hour in the chapel for it to be solved. And when going to the Chapel, a voice tells me at the bottom of my heart: -You know something? I would rather you would go to bed immediately and trust me; let Me look after your problem. And remembering my happy condition of "useless servant", I go to sleep in peace, leaving everything in the hands of the Lord...

All this is to say that God's will is where maximum love dwells, but not necessarily where there is maximum suffering... There is more love in resting thanks to our confidence than in letting our concern distress us!

 

Rédigé par JOHNBOSCO

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