Daily Gospel Reflection for July 18, 2019

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Today’s Gospel: Matthew 11:28-30

Jesus asks us to lay down the heavy burdens we are working so hard to carry alone. But His request comes with a promise: the reassurance that when we accept His yoke, we will find spiritual rest. His burden is not as heavy as the one we struggle to carry alone.

There are two reasons to use a yoke: to distribute a heavy burden, and to lead. The yoke provides a more ergonomic way of carrying or pulling something heavy. By accepting Jesus’ yoke, we agree to take on a different, lighter burden — and we agree, in learning from Him, to be led by Him.

We live in a world that prizes self-sufficiency. Jesus invites us to be countercultural: to rely on Him, to lay our burdens at his feet; to take His yoke upon us and learn from Him.

Ponder:

What burdens do I struggle to carry on my own? How can I seek rest in Jesus today?

Pray:

Jesus, thank You for inviting me to a place of rest. Help me to carry Your burden gracefully.


Copyright 2019 Barb Szyszkiewicz, OFS

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Barb Szyszkiewicz is a wife, mom, Secular Franciscan, managing editor for Today's Catholic Teacher magazine and editor at CatholicMom.com. Her three children range in age from high school to young adult, and she enjoys writing, cooking, and reading. Barb is a music minister at her parish and an avid Notre Dame football and basketball fan. Find her blog at FranciscanMom and her family’s favorite recipes with nutrition information for diabetics at Cook and Count.

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