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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

Skin deep!

How beautiful it would be if all of us wore cloths such a way that the "gaze of the onlooker" remains naturally on our face. One who gazes the face is able to see  and  recognize  far more than what meets the eye. Face is the window into the whole inner reality of a person . On the contrary, if cloths make the onlooker gaze everywhere else [except the face], it tragically limits his perception "skin deep" and is being tripped into the vice of commoditizing (utilizing) the  person for the gratification of lust and sensual entertainment. Lust is the chewed up residue of "man's innate desire to give himself as a gift to the other" devoid of Love [God] or in other words, it is Eros minus Agape. How unaware we are of the imminent danger of immodest dressing. The ready-made garment industry has  literally robbed us of our freedom to wear cloths of our choice. In the name of convenience we are forced to wear cloths that are designed with no moral obl