Daily Office Readings for Tuesday of Proper 24 Year 1
“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.” (Matthew 11: 29)
I used to interpret “taking Jesus’ yoke” as me wearing it by myself. I thought this until I looked into the word yoke. Yoke, at least in one understanding, is an instrument used to tether two work animals together to do the agricultural work of tilling the soil. Yokes are used to harness two draft animals together in order to pull heavy loads.
So now when I hear Jesus inviting me to take his yoke upon me I hear an invitation to join him in doing the work of ministry. Further, it is by being yoked with Jesus that I learn from him. I now realize that when Jesus sent out his apostles to heal and cast out demons, he sent then out yoked.
This idea of being yoked carries with it the idea of learning from Jesus through being yoked with another believer. If we partner with someone whom we respect for their steadfast belief in God in Christ Jesus we learn from them, and they from us. When we partner together with someone we often switch places with them as mentor and protégé; as master and apprentice; as teacher and disciple. In this sharing we both benefit from Jesus working through us. But we must remember how Jesus teaches. He says he is “gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” With Jesus’ method of teaching, our yoked learning is win – win. Find Jesus in someone today and yoke with them for the work of ministry.
Let us hear what the Spirit is saying to and through God’s people and then ponder anew what the Almighty can do. John+