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15.07.10 YOKE

Posted under Reflections on July 14th, 2010 by

 "Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart; and you will find rest for your selves. For my yoke is easy, and my burden light." (Mt 11:28-30)

 

Jesus is speaking to a people who are over burdened. People were burdened with so many rules. In fact people were called to carry the yoke of Torah. Torah and the practices of the rules were so heavy for the people that they struggled through. That is why Jesus is saying that my yoke is easy.

However, this very same Jesus is the one who asked his followers to carry their daily cross and follow him. He is the one who said “anyone who does not hate his father or mother and come after me…”. So how can he say that my yoke is easy and my burden light?


The yoke of Jesus came from mercy and love. He talks about the inner self. From his inner self came mercy and love. This had no moral, emotional, physical burdens whatsoever. When people approach him with their problems, difficulties then he was not going to stand on their way with rules challenging their behaviours. He is going to receive them with love and mercy. 

14.07.10 GOD REVEALS

Posted under Reflections on July 13th, 2010 by

At that time Jesus said in reply, "I give praise to you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, for although you have hidden these things from the wise and the learned you have revealed them to the childlike. Yes, Father, such has been your gracious will. All things have been handed over to me by my Father. No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son wishes to reveal him. (Mt 11: 25-27)

 

God takes the side of the simple people. He reveals himself to the simple, to the ordinary and to the childlike. Jesus praises God for such an attitude and approach. But why does God hide himself from the wise and the learned? Is it because they seek after God and search God and try to find God within their own knowledge and understanding

Biblical God is a God of revelation. He reveals himself to the people. The initiative is from God. That is what he did with Moses and all the rest of the prophets and Israelites. God chooses people to whom he wants to reveal. The simple and ordinary and the childlike are those who long for an experience of God, the presence of God and the assistance of God in their lives more than the mere knowledge of God.

This revelation is through Jesus. This experience of God is given through the experience of Jesus. And Jesus has revealed himself to the poor, the sick, the sinners and the suffering.  God is in Jesus and revealed in Jesus.   

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