17 Jul Yoke of Christ (Mt 11:29) by Shane Kapler
“Take my yoke upon you … and you will find rest for yourselves.” ~ Mt 11:29 (full readings)
Shane’s Reflections: Work that refreshes; what is Jesus talking about? I believe it was the same supernatural reality He made mention of on another occasion: “My food is to do the will of him who sent me” (Jn 4:34). The Father’s will – revealed to us by Christ – is the only yoke we need to concern ourselves with carrying. We live in a culture that often wants to push us in this direction or pull us in that one. Jesus’ voice cuts through all of the others, saying, “You know what is right and what is wrong; you know the Father’s will. That is the only thing you need to concern yourself with. It is the one thing that truly matters.”
* Shane Kapler is the author of Through, With, and In Him: The Prayer Life of Jesus and How to Make It Our Own and The God Who is Love: Explaining Christianity From Its Center. He is online at www.explainingchristianity.com.
Faith Challenge: If polls are trustworthy, then the majority of Americans are opposed to abortion on demand. That is incredible progress! At the same time, however, those polls also show that Americans no longer understand the life-long nature of marriage, nor what even constitutes a marriage! Take Christ’s yoke upon your shoulders and prepare yourself to share the Father’s will for marriage with others. Take 10 minutes to refamiliarize yourself with Christianity’s understanding of marriage by reading the Catechism of the Catholic Church, starting here at Paragraph 2357. If you want to go deeper, consider studying Pope St. John Paul II’s Theology of the Body (TOB). Christopher West’s Good News About Sex & Marriage is a fantastic summary of TOB, ready-made for answering other’s questions. Make time today to click that link and spend 5 minutes shoring up your foundation in Christ’s truth.
Counter-Culture News: LifeSiteNews, LifeNews, American Family, Vatican, Project Rachel..
Our Prayers: Pray LIFE Runners Creed to End Abortion. Add Prayers. Pray with meals, bedtime, wake up, unceasingly. Consider mid-week Family Rosary (17 min). Let’s pray now.
Feast Day: Carmelite Nuns of Compiegne
Faith Quote: “One, with God, is always a majority…although many a martyr has been burned at the stake while the votes were being counted.” ~ Thomas Reed
Through Christ our Lord,