Advent Series: Carrying our Burdens

“Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and humble in heart; and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light” – Matthew 11:29-30

According to Miriam Webster’s Dictionary, a yoke is a wooden bar or frame by which two animals are joined at the heads or necks for working together.

What this suggests, is that when Jesus invites us to take His yoke upon us it means that He will work with us to help us carry whatever burden we are called to carry.

We often assume that if we come to God with our problems and struggles, He will remove them. Yet, most often, God never eliminates the problem but rather gives us the grace and strength to bear our cross.

“God is greater than the burdens you are carrying. Cast your burden upon the Lord and He will sustain you” – Psalm 55:22

St. John Vianney writes,

“You must accept your cross. If you bear it courageously, it will carry you to heaven”.

Exercise
Call up, text or write to a friend who is going through a difficult time in life and let him/her know that you care and are there for him/her.

About Dr. Ehrlson de Sousa

Dr. Ehrlson de Sousa is currently a senior resident doctor in ENT at Goa Medical College. He hails from Porvorim and is an active member of Couples for Christ India, for over 15 years. Apart from writing for medical journals both national and international, his love and reverence for the teachings of the church inspired him to start writing about the catholic faith. His daily bible reflections offer great encouragement in the lives of many people, both young and old. He aspires to be a Saint and enjoys playing chess and table tennis in his free time.

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