Our Triune God gives us purpose in all that we do
by Sister Mary Kabat
Today’s Gospel from Matthew (11:25-30) contains two messages of Jesus I love to read:
First, Jesus is praising his Father for all he is revealing to the “little ones” – you and me – revealing the mysteries of the kingdom. The greatest of these is knowing the Father and his Son.
Second, Jesus is inviting us – who labor and bear life’s burdens – to come and rest. He invites us to no longer bear the burden of the yokes we and others put upon us; instead he offers us his yoke – the yoke we share with him, side by side. This yoke is easy and light for those who are meek and humble of heart.
The first reading from Zechariah (9:9-10) brings us back to Palm Sunday – “See, your king ... meek and riding on an ass ... he shall proclaim peace.” The second reading from St. Paul to the Romans (8:9,11-13) is more challenging as Paul asks us if we are of the Spirit or of the flesh. He reminds us that only in the Spirit is there life.
As we live our daily lives, with its challenges and burdens, in a relationship with God – Father, Son and Spirit – there is life, there is wisdom revealed, there is rest with a lighter yoke to bear, a yoke with Jesus sharing the load.
Today, take some quiet time with God, lay down your burdens and rest. Listen for what God wishes to share with you today.