Yoked to Jesus

“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


Heart is the innermost recess of a man where he meets with himself and God. Man cannot understand one without the other. His understanding of himself will be obscure and distorted if his understanding of God is obscure. And he will not fathom God without understanding first, himself.

Heart is where convictions are formulated. The "condition" of our heart defines them. A wounded heart will not be able to make a true and complete assumption concerning anything. It lacks the fullness of love to understand the truth. Heart that needs forgiveness cannot love until it is healed in the light of pure love. Our past experiences, beginning from original sin contribute to our brokenness. Only pure love can heal it. Not human love but the love of the one whose love is eternal, unchanging and unconditional. It is Gods love. It is the pure honey found in the rock. Only God can remove the bitterness within.

Truth and Love is inseparable. One cannot love without knowing the truth. Both Truth and Love is God. In order to love another completely as God loves, we need to know the Truth. Truth about the human person, his body, his condition, unconditional love of God, God's self Gift of love on the cross, my redemption and His unconditional forgiveness, His eternal gift of himself in the Eucharist, Sacraments as instruments of grace, the church as the body of Christ. All these truths truly understood is the key to love.

If you want to love your spouse you will need to know the truth. The truth is that as a husband, you are called to love her as God loves.He rough edges are Gods gift to us so that we experience true poverty and humility in the spirit. When we stretch ourselves to love despite unbearable pain, we begin to be as Christ the bride groom, the perfect head and husband of the church. We begin to love as Christ Did. We identify our role not just as a father or a husband but also in a lesser way redeemer of our spouse and children. Our submission to Christ is the key to the success in marriage.

We image God in every way. Our humanity is not a shell we leave behind when we die. Jesus became human, and he rose bodily. He is seen with his scars when is appeared again. He was taken up to heaven bodily. The divine and the human are a profound partnership and one is irrelevant without the other. The garbage that we carry as a wounded human is what we need to get rid of.

The spiritual embodies the mortal and passes on to be immortal, to live forever in the body of Christ within the glorious Trinity!. Our journey back to where we came from. He will come in greater glory and splendor to take us home.

Lord, like the sentinel waits for the dawn and like the fawn longs for water, I long for you. My beloved come!. My bed is prepared and the incense is burning. I have adorned myself in pure linen. My beloved come!


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