Yoked to Jesus

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“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 gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden light.” †  Mathew 11: 28-30  What is the labour and burden that Jesus is asking me to deal with? Perhaps I have to let go of the compulsive burden (or is it a sort of entitlement?) that my spouse and children should choose a spiritual path that I know to be right. Jesus accompanied Judas Iscariot to the very end but never deprived him of his freedom to choose his own destiny. Jesus on the other hand, uninterrupted by Judas's choice to reject him, continues to accomplish his mission. He does become a victim of Judas's betrayal but he seldom takes on the victim's identity. In divine wisdom, Jesus chooses to die in our place (and that of Judas) in a redeeming act of love. Rather than being compelled to fix those whom God has entrusted to my headship by m

Dealing with my body

I follow the passions and desires of my body because Christ crucified does not become a reality in me. When I embrace Christ crucified and kiss the five holy wounds, I pledge to die to the deadly lures of the world and of the body. My body is mortal and temporal. I must not strive to gratify it's desires. Every time I replace one of these desires with a holy sacrifice, for the sake of Christ crucified, I glorify Jesus in my mortal body.

Christ has no body, no hands, no feet, but mine. I must therefore do good and harbor no evil thoughts, deeds or projects within. Kiss the ground and embrace the holy wounds of Christ, in times of temptations. Holy Mother of God, the abode of purity, extends to us, a great deal of grace, through Jesus, her son, to overcome occasions of sin.

I must deal with my body as if I would with my dog. Tame it. Give it what it really needs and not more. We don't let the dog control us. Instead we decide for them and they obey. We are their masters, however big they are. Even an elephant obeys the mahout. So will l deal with the passions of my body. I do not live for the body but the body lives for me. In time, it will cease to exist and my spirit passes on to next life. I must be concerned not to succumb to the invitations of comfort, especially when in prayer. Resist the evil and the evil flees.

I must be humble and always consider others bigger and better. I must pray sincerely that God pours out His choicest blessings, especially physical needs, more unto them, than to myself. I must ask the Lord for suffering that would purify myself. Lord always gives the grace to endure the suffering He gives me.

Pray always, be joyful and give thanks to Him, never ceasing. Be willing always to be broken. This breaking will become a reason for us to rejoice for having joined with Him, in His suffering, thus part taking in the process of redemption of humanity. An eternity with Jesus in heaven is so desirable. So I wait...

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  1. I have been particularly moved by this post. Let's just say it came as an answer to my questions today. God bless!

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