Daily Bread

Is 40:25-31; Ps 103:1-4, 8, 10; Mt 11:28-30
Lucy, virgin, martyr

Take my yoke upon you and learn from me.
My work as an interpreter in a historical village has influenced my interpretation of this line from Scripture. The village fields were plowed by a friendly pair of oxen for many years. While they both provided strength for the job at hand, when given directions by their handler only one of the oxen, Jack, took the lead and Beau followed in support. When we answer Jesus’ call to take his yoke upon our shoulders our problems don’t disappear. But we may find that the weight of their burden is eased and made manageable if we allow Jesus to lead us through our turmoil and guide us to a better understanding of God’s will.
Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength.