“For the yoke I will give you is easy, and the load I will put on you is light.” (Mt 11:30)
Today’s Passage: Mt 11:28-30
Meditation: Jesus is always more realistic than anyone. Those who are called by God are always asked to put their full trust in their master, the living God. We see in OT leaders like Abraham and Moses leaving everything for God and following him. In NT we find Jesus asking his disciples to leave everything they have and follow him. This following is not simply going behind him, rather taking up each one’s cross and following him.
He is not simply attracting disciples with many offers of comforts, rather making them aware of their call and capable of facing those challenges attached to it. In today’s meditation verse also we hear Jesus speaking about the yoke and the load he is going to give to them. Jesus never says that he will take away the yoke and the load, but make them easy to carry. That means we have to take our own cross and follow him.
Jesus also was not running away from the cross of his life. He carried his own cross and asked his disciples to emulate him. We have to face the challenges and temptations of our life. Pope Francis says, “Whenever we take a step towards Jesus, we come to realize that he is already there, waiting for us with open arms.” That is really encouraging to each one of us.
Now it is time to respond to his call. Are we ready to take our cross of life and follow him? If we are ready, then we don’t pray for getting rid crosses in our lives rather for the real strength to carry the cross. Saint Alphonsa prayed to the Lord, “Give me, O Lord, more sufferings together with the gift of endurance.” In the midst of sufferings this should be our prayer too before the Lord instead of running away from this.
Prayer: Lord God, we thank you and praise you for your daily eternal bread. Teach us, O Lord, how to be a shepherd in our ministries and states of life. We are always judgmental in our lives and lose many souls. Let us have a loving and caring gaze of a good shepherd in relationships so that we may bring many into your flock. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen!
Greetings: God is with you! Have a nice and blissful Wednesday…