Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Second Wednesday of Our Advent Journey

Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart; and you will find rest for yourselves. (NAB) Matthew 11:29

One thing I have found in life is understanding the nature of Jesus. How truly meek and humble he is. I often think that the yoke he asks us to wear is basically to unite ourselves to him. Where he shares our burdens on a daily basis. Walking beside us often taking the load when things appear to become too heavy for us to carry. When we allow him control to guide us, the burden becomes lighter. How much easier it is when we are united to Jesus.

Imagine being attached to another by a yoke who are at cross purposes, what happens? It's a contant battle, one wants to go one way and the other another way. Then the burden becomes a heavy one. The unity is not there, and there is no rest either.

When you find yourself united with Jesus, life and everyday living is one that is at peace, that the burdens become truly light, it's amazing how much he takes upon himself to ease us. I would sometimes think of an egg yolk as the yoke, it reminds me to be centered on God.

3 comments:

reverend@onlineblessings.com said...

It is important to be centered on God, but we must remember to also help our fellow man remain centered and faithful, Online Blessings.

Anonymous said...

The two - being centered on God and helping our fellow man go hand in hand. If one lives day by day renewing a commitment to grow closer to God with every breath, one is more a blessing to his brothers and sisters than one who is the head of a social service agency, for instance, who is steeped in personal sin and disobedience. The two, love and faithfulness to God and helping others of course should not be mutually exclusive but I am just offering thoughts for reflection. What about monks or other contempetive hermits who spend their lives in prayer, interceding for this fallen world? No or little contact with people, no tangible evidence of actively helping others but wow, do they ever! Thanks be to God there are such prayer warriors in this world. In any case, God bless Bernice and all others who read her beautiful blog. Lori

Marie Cecile said...

Thank you Lori, my prayers are with you always.