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Gospel

MT 11:28-30

Jesus said, “Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.

“Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
Gospel citations come from the New Revised Standard Version Bible: Catholic Edition, copyright 1989, 1993, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. Approved by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Reflection

George Love ‘88

Much of Jesus’s teaching emphasizes the need to take up the burdens of our crosses to follow him, so I have always found this Gospel refreshing—today we hear of an easy yoke and a light burden.
  
In the passage just before this one, Jesus exalts God because he has hidden truth from the “wise and learned” but revealed it to the childlike. The wise and learned in Jesus’s time were the Scribes, who imposed heavy burdens on people with their intricate interpretations of the law.

Jesus seems to be saying, then, that we need not be burdened by such intricacies, but only need to worry about one thing: trusting in him. If we give ourselves completely over to him, if we live in him, then the yoke truly will be easy and the burden light, for we will achieve union with God and we will be happy to do God’s will instead of ours.

Yet, in today’s culture, it is not so easy to achieve this union with God. We are bombarded by people and images that want to turn us not toward Jesus, but away from him. We live in a culture that tells us we should always be ourselves, follow our own will. Jesus will not force himself on us. We must make the effort of will to go to him. 
 
In his mercy, Jesus has given us the great gift of his Church, forever guided by the Holy Spirit, and all its Sacraments, as aids to finding grace and ultimate unity with him. Let us be thankful for these gifts and make use of them the way Jesus would intend so that we may find the easy yoke and the light burden.

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Prayer

Father Bob Loughery, CSC 

Merciful God, hear your people who cry out to you in their sorrow and need. Console those burdened by trials and suffering. May we find our consolation and peace in Jesus your Son. We ask this in his name. Amen. 

Saint

St. Joseph of Barsabbas, the just one who lost a place among the 12 apostles to a game of chance, pray for us!