At that time Jesus exclaimed:
“I give praise to you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth,
for although you have hidden these things
from the wise and the learned
you have revealed them to little ones.
Yes, Father, such has been your gracious will.
All things have been handed over to me by my Father.
No one knows the Son except the Father,
and no one knows the Father except the Son
and anyone to whom the Son wishes to reveal him.”
“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.”
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In This Sunday’s Gospel, Jesus promises to give us rest. When we’re tired, overwhelmed, scared, or upset, he’s there and we can gladly rest in him. Interestingly, in the very next sentence, he asks us to take his yoke upon us. That doesn’t sound like rest to me. In fact, it sounds like more work. By taking up Jesus’ yoke, we have to get close to him. We depend on him and become like him, which is what he wants for us. Before you have second thoughts, remember that Jesus’ yoke is easier and lighter than any yoke that the world can give. Although our lives won’t be perfect when we’re yoked to Jesus, he’ll literally be right beside us. We’ll still struggle from time to time, but everything we endure will be lighter and more bearable when we allow Jesus to share our load.
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