The Yoke of Christ

yoke1Jesus said to the crowds:
“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 yourselves.
For my yoke is easy, and my burden light.”

You have probably heard this passage from Matthew’s Gospel a hundred times. Did you know that’s what a yoke looked like? A yoke is used to keep oxen together. Both of their heads are put through the holes and the yoke is attached to a plow. The yoke allows for them to work together. It prevents them from going in different directions. It won’t work if one if fighting against the other.

Jesus wants us to be yoked to him. He wants us to be one with him as we walk the journey. When he turns, we turn. When he stops, we stop. The thing is, he is not the farmer standing behind the plow, he is the beast of burden with us! He would never ask us to do something that he himself would not do!

There is also a striking connection between this image of being yoked to Jesus and carrying the cross with him. We have to carry our cross, but as we do its not like Jesus is standing over us encouraging us. No, he is standing with us. He is carrying it with us. His yoke is easy and his burden is light. It will be tough at times, but he will help us to carry it.

If God is calling you to priesthood, yoke yourself to him! Let him be your guide. Let him help with the burdens, the worries, the struggles. Yield to his promptings and find your peace in walking the journey connected to him.


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