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Summer is upon us and for many people that means vacation. How we long for a time of rest and relaxation. We anticipate sleeping in and being lazy. We get excited about the time we will have to do the things that we enjoy doing!
However, sometimes we have to work so hard to prepare for vacation that we are exhausted by the time we get going. Then we make the most of every moment by packing our vacation moments with lists and itineraries that are impossible to complete unless we somehow can alter time. I have even heard more than one person say that you need a vacation after a vacation in order to rest from your vacation. It makes one realize that maybe in this day and age we are not so good at resting.
“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” Mt 11:28-30
A yoke is basically a wooden beam that we place on our shoulders to carry a load that we would normally be unable to move. A yoke is also a euphemism for the Cross of Christ. So our Lord is telling us that we will indeed have crosses in our lives, burdens too hard to bear and difficulties that seem impossible to get through. But if we take HIS yoke, HIS cross upon our shoulders, he will be there with us and walk us through our Calvary. Jesus will give us rest if we go to him.
The verse from Matthew is more accurately translated from the Greek as “my yoke is suitable (not easy) and by burden light.” This changes things. Something that is suitable means that it is “fitting” for us, made for us. The yoke that Christ shares with us has been carved and perfectly made to fit our shoulders. God knows we need some crosses to grow and he knows what they are, and what we can bear, and what we are ready for.
Let us fix our eyes on Jesus and go to Him in prayer and sacrament. Let us learn from him in the school of the Eucharist. Let us be so close to Him as our hearts will beat as one. Then we will truly find rest and peace. The true peace and rest that the world promises but cannot provide.