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The Yoke’s On You… and Him

November 30, 2015

Christianity 101.  I am sure we have all felt weary and burdened at one time or another.  But in this simple short Gospel, just who is Jesus talking about?  If you visit earlier passages from Matthew, you could point to the Sermon on the Mount: “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.  Blessed are they who mourn, for they will be comforted. Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the land “(Mt 5:3-5).  Jesus’ Sermon would certainly reflect The Mission of the Afflicted in Isaiah: “He has sent me to bring glad tidings to the lowly, to heal the brokenhearted… To comfort all who mourn” (Is 61:1b, 2b).

What we all need to embrace is that not only is Jesus inviting the weary and the burdened: but that he is one of them!  The fierce interpretations levied out by the Pharisees and scribes, handing out the “yoke” of rabbinical Law, are oppressing the poor of the day.  This is why the Lord is constantly reaching out to them.  Pope Francis himself has been stirring up controversy by condemning the perpetuation of social strata and injustice levied upon the poor.  Agree, disagree, it is not what matters. Only taking up the Lord’s yoke matters.  Why?

Because the yoke Jesus refers to is submission to the reign of God.  By submitting, it is taking on not more burden, but actually making it easier to bear the burdens we already have.

Yesterday, we he heard Jesus explain, “All things have been handed over to me by my Father” (Mt 11: 27).  By establishing the hierarchy and the purpose, Jesus now aligns himself with us.  For Yahweh, is as Professor W.F. Albright translates, ‘He causes to be,’ and what St. Thomas Aquinas translates as, not ens sumo – Highest Being – but ipsum esse subsistens: “the very act of to be itself”.  I AM WHO AM. I AM He who causes to be what comes into existence.  This is what has been handed over in Trinity to the Divine Sonship.  This is the inheritance we are called into joining.

When we submit to the will of God, we maintain faith, and are released from our burdens, in order to discover it is easier to live under his will than to reject it.

 

To Jesus through Mary,

Papa

 

July 16, 2015, Thursday, Fifteenth Week in Ordinary Time

Exodus 3:13-20. I AM WHO AM. I AM has sent me to you.

Responsorial: Ps 105:8a – R. The Lord remembers his covenant forever.

Matthew 11:28-30. I am meek and humble of heart.

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