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

Let thy love penetrate my whole being!

When we decide to try harder and love Jesus more, we unfortunately are being proud. Even though our intention of choosing to try harder and love Jesus more is highly desirable and life giving, it renders fruitless and short-lived because we choose to be 'still control' while do this. We bank entirely on our own capacity to fulfill this desire. Since 'human love' is conditional and opportunistic, our physical and emotional conditions greatly influence and regulate the measure of our love for Christ. It even diminishes altogether for a while in worst conditions. This is true as long as we are affected by the consequences of original sin.

On the other hand, in order for us to experience Gods love, all we must do is to prepare ourselves to receive this torrential love which is waiting to explode into us, in proportion to the exact measure we open up ourselves. God's love is unconditional and unchanging. It is 'unconditional' because there is nothing we can do to increase or decrease his love. It is 'unchanging'because He does not have mood swings.

The biggest lie we live with is 'I'm not loved.'. Even children born to the loveliest of parents, lament they are not loved as much as their siblings. We love to victimize ourselves and are extremely comfortable in that state of pity. We settle for the lie the enemy makes us believe. We underestimate how much I'm loved and how exceedingly super abundant is God's love for me. We say often 'God loves us all unconditionally but refuses to believe convincingly that God loves 'me' unconditionally".

We cannot love God unless we experience His love first, or in other words 'unless we allow ourselves to be loved by Him first'. My love for God therefor must be 'my total self gift as a the bride to Christ the groom, in lieu of the immeasurable, unchanging, everlasting, unconditional love He lavishes upon me first'.

A couple who embraces each other in divine love not only experiences 'the love' when they unite for a brief moment but 24/7. The union they experience is the culmination or the peak of their mutual self gift. It renews their marital covenant to love even more fully.

The Daily Eucharist must be the 'culmination' of our love relationship with Christ. But if we limit our relationship with Christ only to that one hour of Eucharist, then we might be reducing this tremendous Gift to a conjugal room.


  1. This is very, very true....Good post! Something for me to think about!


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