The Bible: The Power of Rebirth

The Yoke of Jesus

The Yoke of Jesus

Reflection on the Gospel of the Fourteenth Sunday
In Ordinary Time

 

Matthew 11: 25-30

Tired.. tired.. tired… tired of the chores, tired of the mundane, tired of doing things, tired of so many things. These are our struggles that burden us and yet Christ is the last person that comes to mind when we are heavy burdened. We have no time to share our burdens with him. We often think the day is all over let’s just go to sleep what can the Lord do now. And yet so often when we wake up the next day, we wake up anxious and lethargic carrying the burdens of yesterday. What’s going wrong?
If I ask Jesus for help the challenge doesn’t go away so why ask him to help? Is that the thought in your heart? Honestly I struggle with this so often knowing that I’m just supposed to share my burdens with Jesus without the expectation of lighter burdens. But the truth is I want to get rid off my burden and not bear the lighter burden. It is hard for me to learn the lesson of accepting the burden knowing that Jesus is with me. For the burden is joyfully carried and appears lighter only when we truly have surrendered it to Jesus.
I’m reminded of the lines sung in a hymn
‘What a friend we have in Jesus,
All our sins and grief to bear.
Oh! What a privilege to carry everything to God in prayer.
Oh! What peace we often forfeit,
Oh! what needless pain we bear.
All because we do not carry everything to God in prayer.
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