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

Eternal Life for All

Eternal Life is to share in the divine life of God. Whoever follows the will of God has eternal life. The will of God is that we believe in the one God sent into the world to save human race - Jesus Christ. If you believe in Jesus Christ, you will love Him. Those who love Him obey His commandments. In order to obey His commandments, we need God's Grace and the power of the Holy Spirit. The grace and the power of the Holy Spirit that are required to live a life according to the statutes of God are granted in Sacraments of the Church. Sacraments become effective when we receive them worthily. Sincere repentance makes us worthy. Sincere repentance is a combination of the knowledge of the gravity of one’s own sinfulness and true humility. Remember guilt comes from pride.

We seek to be justified by the good works we do. But our good works blind us from the reality of our sinfulness and unworthiness. Good works we render are the ‘work of God’. When we take ownership of our good works, it causes the pride in us to swell up. Pride causes us to become self-righteous and to be insensitive to the presence of God in others. We shut down the channels of the grace of God. And without the Grace of God, we lose the sense of Sin. Our heart hardens. Our mind becomes insensitive to the immeasurable mercy and grace freely available in Jesus Christ. We begin to hopelessly depend on our own merits to solve life's problems. We turn to the World's wisdom and the solution the World offers. We resort to believing in the empty promises of the World to find meaning in life. We become of the World. When God's presence leaves us, we become the breeding ground of evil. Greed, lust, jealousy and hatred take root in us. We unconsciously consent to partake in the vicious plans Satan has to ruin human lives.

But nothing can stop God from loving us and saving us. He is waiting. He is willing. He is ever more compassionate to us. He seldom stops knocking the doors of our heart. He shamelessly follows us. His love for us compels him not give up on us. He wants to grant us forgives and save us. He wants to make us participate in His divine life. This is eternal life. And it is for all.

All it takes is...the humility to return.


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