Join us as we reflect, ponder, and pray together inspired by today's Gospel.
Today's Gospel: Matthew 11:28-30
Today’s gospel reading takes us to a peaceful pastoral setting, where agriculture abounds, and animals are yoked together in the field to get the farming done. What an appropriate setting for the middle of the summer season!
Perhaps the setting is part of Christ’s message to us to find rest and relief. Jesus reminds us in today’s gospel that He is here to come beside us and lift the worries and problems of our daily lives onto Himself.
A yoke is a farm implement that makes two horses, oxen, goats, or other beasts of burden, work and pull together as a team in pulling a load or plowing a field. The yoke functions quite literally by bringing the animals together, side by side to accomplish their task.
Gentle Jesus again shows us how to be humble by humbling Himself. He will take this tool of heavy labor and symbolically use it to remind us that He wants to come beside us to help us endure the work, worries, and problems of this world that seem so overwhelming and heavy sometimes. When we allow Jesus to help share the load, our problems don’t disappear, but the burden becomes easier because we are allowing ourselves to lighten our load by depending on Him.
What problems, worries and burdens can you share with Jesus today?
Dear Jesus, thank You for the example You have set before us. Help us to learn to humble ourselves and give our troubles over to You.
Copyright 2020 Elena LaVictoire
About the Author
Elena LaVictoire is a graduate of Baker College and a retired medical transcriptionist. She is married and homeschooled six children. Elena is a public speaker on the topics of marriage, homeschooling, and confirmation preparation. She was also a contributing author to The Catholic Mom’s Prayer Companion. Elena practices and performs with her flute and records with the Peace Together Choir. She blogs at MyDomesticChurch.com.