Saturday, July 8, 2017

"Come to Me...I will give you rest."

We all have that invitation from Jesus: “Come to me..I will give you rest.” There must be something more to life than meets the eye. Yes. Jesus has something more for you. Go to Jesus...he will give you rest.
Jesus certainly knew all about yokes. As a carpenter he would have been asked from time to time to make a wooden yoke for farmers so that they could get two oxen to pull a plough or other farm implement together. The yoke was the wooden crossbeam that joined the two animals at the neck and that crossbeam dragged the farm implement. Since animals are different sizes it was common to have yoke cut to measure for the animals pulling it. Otherwise it would not fit the animal correctly and cause considerable discomfort. As a carpenter Jesus must have cut many such yokes. The yoke that Jesus cuts for us does not cause discomfort but brings us comfort because the yoke of Jesus is easy and light. The invitation of Jesus to us is not a yoke that weights us down but is easy and light, and how could it not be with Jesus as the other one pulling the yoke with you, Jesus helping you carry your burdens and crosses.
Any difficulty we have in meeting Jesus and taking his yoke upon us is certainly not coming from Jesus. Is the reason we do not know Jesus because we do not open our hearts to him? Jesus praised the childlike in the Gospel because their hearts were open to him, unlike the scribes and Pharisees.

We can probably say the learned and the clever of today include those who do not believe that Jesus is really and truly present in the Eucharist. But those with hearts open to Jesus, the childlike, have Jesus revealed in the Eucharist. Open your heart to Jesus. You have noting to lose and everything to gain. Open your heart to Jesus and live, not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. If we do not go to Jesus when we labor and are burdened with life’s problems, to whom or to what do we go? If we do not look for answers to our problems in Jesus we will not find them elsewhere or else just find partial or deluding answers. The answers of the culture of our time are deluding, because the culture of our time falsely tells us we will find happiness in sin. But sin never brings happiness because sin is against the goodness of God. Therefore the culture of this time wants to lay upon us a yoke that is heavy and painful. Open your heart to him. If you do not spend time with Jesus in prayer every day, how can you find his peace? Come to Jesus in the Eucharist. You do not have Jesus physically present in the Eucharist at your home. Come to Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and let Jesus give you peace. Open your heart.  Let us live according to the Spirit, not according to the flesh. Let us walk every day yoked to the Lord in prayer and meet him in the Eucharist.