Thursday, May 22, 2008

Daily Office Reflection: A Yoke?

Psalms 18:1-20 * 18:21-50; Proverbs 7:1-27; 1John 5:13-21; Matthew 11:25-30

Looking at life through a different lens then the one we are accustomed to, or that we have developed, is a remarkably difficult thing to accomplish. In particular it is difficult trying to capture the innocence and joy and newness of life that is such a part of watching a child see and explore something new. But that is what Jesus is asking us to do. To turn the lens through which we understand life and thereby gain a different view, a different understanding. Jesus offers us rest from our burdens and worries and offers us a yoke to put across our shoulders instead. In order for us to accept this yoke as gentle and restful as it is promised to be, a different understanding of the world, our place in it and how we act/react is a necessity. Is this possible? I don't know. But I think it is impossible without God's loving help.

Copyright 2008, John F. Dwyer. All Rights Reserved.

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