Burden or Blessing

by webadmin on 06/23/2017

in Ordinary Time

Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time–Cycle A
June 25, 2017

“My yoke is easy and my burden light.”
(Matthew 11:30b)

Burden or Blessing

Not many would consider burdens as blessings, at least not at first.
All carry burdens like beasts of burdens carry them.
No one is exempt. We are all a “yoked humanity.”
Oxen can teach us a lesson. We can’ go it alone.

We hardly ever realize another’s burdens.
I guess we are filled enough of our own.
This yoke we sometimes put on ourselves blinds us.
We are weary and we seek rest, perhaps in the wrong places.

Powers that be also place unjust burdens upon underlings.
Religions, politicians, economists, consumers, yes, even TVs yoke us.
TV ads lure us to luxury, daily new slant truths; politicians break promises.
Religions place the law above love, causing untold grief and guilt.

Jesus calls to us, “Take my yoke.” Why? His yoke is love.
Love makes burdens bearable. Love makes burdens light and easy.
If you are weary, seek rest from Jesus, who takes you to green pastures of love.
With love all things are possible.
That is where you’ll realize that burdens are real blessings.
Like oxen, true love teaches us one lesson.
No one can go it alone.

For Reflection and Sharing:

  1. What burdens are you carrying?
  2. Try to categorize your burdens. What or who strikes you about your burdens?
  3. Does anyone seem to have the same burden as you?
  4. Is it possible that you and the person can “yoke up?”
  5. What can companionship do for burden-laden people?
  6. When will you decide to take Jesus’ yoke upon you?

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