New Testament Eucharistic Readings for Sunday of Proper 9: Year A
“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.” (Matthew 11: 28 – 30)
When our Lord Jesus invites us to come and take his yoke upon us, this is not an exchange of yokes, as I once thought. No, this is an invitation to join him in his yoke. And it’s more than that; it’s an invitation to connect with Jesus through someone we know in Christ.
This is an invitation to come and be a Trinitarian partner. I am learning to play guitar. I am blessed to be led in my guitar instruction by a fellow Christian – a fellow Christian who may not follow Christ in the exact same way that I do, but then, we are all evolving theologically.
We mostly play Christian music for Cursillo songs but we are comfortable knowing that our Lord Jesus binds us together in a common brotherhood. The weight of trying to play my guitar on my own is more than I can bear. But Jesus assist me through my albeit younger teacher.
The Bible is replete with examples of pairs of people through whom God (or Jesus) works through for our communal good. Some examples are; Moses and Aaron; Ruth and Naomi; Elijah and Elisha; Simon Peter and Andrew; John and James; and Paul and several others. My point is, that in our biblical tradition, we are called to seek out our Lord Jesus through another believer and share the burden of doing the work put before us.
Most of the tasks before us are far more serious than learning to play the guitar, but I needed to show an example. We need to partner with one another in fighting the isms of today. Today we have racism, sexism, and just plain egoism. I begin to think all isms are bad but cannot be overcome without teaming up with a fellow believer wherein we are yoked with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
The work before us is plentiful but we laborers are few. Jesus says, “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.” Who do you know in Christ that you could work with for our communal good? Let’s be fitted in the yoke of Christ and get to work.
Let us hear what the Spirit is saying to and through the saints of God and then ponder anew what the Almighty can do. John