Gospel – 7/16/20 – Matthew 11:28-30
“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.”
Growing up on our farm in East Texas exposed me to a lot of things. My dad, as I’ve said, would have loved to just farm – but it didn’t pay – so he just saw it as a form of relaxation. He had five children who didn’t agree with that at all.
There was an ancient old black man that lived nearby we knew only as Uncle Oscar. Beautiful man with white hair and teeth that dazzled.
He would help my dad from time to time with the fields. Especially when my Poppa would have to go off to work due to a strike at his job.
Uncle Oscar would bring his two mules, yoked side by side to tend the fields while Poppa was gone.
If either of the mules had a problem, the other would just shoulder more of the burden. The other carried a lighter burden.
Jesus came into a world where the powerful had been writing more and more laws and placing all the burden on the people – none on themselves.
Today, Jesus is gently calling the people to come to him. He would take their burdens on him. He would teach them a new way to live.
This is why the elite didn’t like him. He was threatening their way of life.
My dad and Uncle Oscar were yoked. When one wasn’t there the other carried the burden.
Jesus yoked himself with the people so that our burden would always be the lighter.
At least that’s what I heard Him say…