December 10, 2014 Isaiah 40:25-31; Matthew 11:28-30
Reflection by Sister M. Albertine Stachowski, cssf
Today’s readings focus our attention on God as our strength. In the first reading … we hear … the Lord gives strength … they will run and not grow weary … they that hope in the Lord will renew their strength.
How comforting these words are.
In the Gospel … Jesus calls us to Himself … “Come to me … I will give you rest”, what a great promise! He then offers His “yoke”. A yoke is the joining device that was used to tie two oxen together to pull a heavy load. Yokes were made by specialists … carpenters … who measured and planed … until the fit was perfect.
Jesus offers us His yoke … one made especially for us … to help us carry whatever load we may have. What an awesome God! He offers to walk alongside us … to carry whatever burdens us … to move with us in whatever direction we go.
If we yoke up … team up with Jesus and walk with Him … the “burdens” become lighter.
Those first words of the Gospel … “Come to me” … are an invitation to replenish our strength … to free us from carrying any burden by ourselves.
May our eyes of faith bring us to see that teaming up with Jesus lifts our burdens and helps us not grow weary.