Matthew 11: 28-30
Jesus said: "Come to me, all you
who labor and are burdened, and I will give you
rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me,
for I am meek and humble of heart; and you
will find rest for yourselves. For my yoke is easy
and my burden light."
Almighty and ever-living God, I seek new strength from the
courage of Christ our shepherd. I believe in you, I
hope in you, and I seek to love you with
all my heart, all my soul, all my mind, and
all my strength. I want to be led one day
to join the saints in heaven, where your Son Jesus
Christ lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God forever and ever.
Lord Jesus, meek and humble of heart, help me to
take on your yoke.
Come to Me: If you struggle daily to do what
is morally right even when those around you take shortcuts,
then come to Jesus. If the life of selfish pleasure
and illicit gain seems exceedingly attractive, then come to Jesus.
If you are burdened with your patterns of sin and
weaknesses of character that affect your vocation as a spouse,
a parent, a friend, a consecrated soul, a Christian,… then
come to Jesus. If life seems unfair and God seems
distant at best, then come to Jesus. We do not
follow rules for the sake of rules; we follow Jesus.
Only when we have first come to him will we
understand the need for the rules which help protect the
dignity of this relationship.
Learn from Me: St. Paul admonishes the Galatians to live
in the freedom of Christ: "For freedom Christ has set
us free. Stand firm, therefore, and do not submit again
to a yoke of slavery" (Galatians 5:1). One who is
a slave of passion, vanity, selfishness or any other vice
is subject to that vice as something more powerful than
oneself. Yet in his letter to the Ephesians, St. Paul
invites us to take on another “yoke”, not that of
slavery to sin but rather that of total submission to
Christ in love, becoming "slaves of Christ, doing the will
of God from the heart" (Eph 6:5). To take on
the yoke of Christ means to entrust my life to
him freely with the intention of following where he leads.
Experience shows that he always guides us down the path
that leads to our happiness and fulfillment, even when it
entails the cross.
in Me: in Christ we find true “rest”. Notice that
Jesus does not promise to take away the burdens, the
trials and the sufferings of life. However, if we take
his yoke upon ourselves, if we submit to his plan,
his will and his love, he promises that we will
experience joy, profound happiness and peace of soul. This is
the rest that we all long for, the rest that
will one day be uninterrupted in the bliss of heaven.
We have each met individuals who experience this peace and
joy despite their circumstances. If I have never experienced it,
then I can begin today by giving him whatever I
know in my heart he is asking of me. Although
it may hurt at first, it will be accompanied by
the lightness of peace and the ease of joy.
Conversation with Christ: Blessed Lord, you lead
me towards everlasting peace if I will simply follow, but
following does not always seem simple. Give me the very
things you ask of me: faith, generosity, courage, trust, love.
With these gifts and your grace I will have the
strength necessary for the journey.
Resolution: Today I will pray an extra decade of the
rosary for the persons who are farthest away from Jesus.