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

Pretending to be in chains

If a man who is set free from chains continues to live as if in chains, what is freedom! Freedom becomes liberation only when we live it.

The sacraments cannot do what it is capable of doing, if we do not live the truth it embodies. If baptism freed us from the clutches of sin and restored our sonship, why do we still sin? If Eucharist is the body, blood, soul and divinity of Jesus given to us as his self gift, why despite frequent reception we remain unchanged?. Why despite so many confessions, we have the same laundry list?.

Is it because of the inefficacy of the sacraments itself or because we deceive ourselves? Are we not trying to false justify ourselves and experience some kind of a phony make over by queuing up to receive these sacraments? Fact is we do not want to change. We love our sins. We have blinded ourselves and denied us the reality of the ultimate ecstasy we are capable experiencing in union with God. We have rejected the reality of real liberation in the person of Jesus. We deny the unconditional, unchanging love of Jesus that has the power to transform our lives. We live like slaves. We love this position of a victim. We blame everything else as the reason for our misery and seek empathy. We love to wallow in the dirty pig sty.

Let us sincerely acknowledge this hypocrisy with in us and turn to God our father in true humility and repentance, knowing fully well his loving, forgiving nature and not be deceived anymore by thoughts that are contrary to this. God through His Church has granted us the Sacraments to get our broken hearts healed. We no longer have to sin if only we are healed of our woundedness.

Do not be discouraged when you fall, be confident of the love of our father. Let us continue to submit ourselves willingly to the "power of love" because Jesus is not tired of our relapses. The more we humble ourselves and dependent on him, the more we are transformed because the biggest impediment in allowing God to father us is our own pride.

The original language of our body is to be truthful. When our actions do not confirm our true nature (redeemed nature), our bodies lie to itself, to others and God . Similarly when what is in our hearts contradict our actions our bodies are lying again. This is called sin.

We become saints no so much by what we believe but by what we do with what we believe.


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