From the Word of the Day
My yoke is sweet and my burden is light. (Matthew 11:30)
According to many spiritual theologians, the Saint we honor today is the one who most closely represented Jesus as he lived the Gospel totally. This is how we can explain the ‘holy joy’ of St. Francis born of a love without any shadow of egoism, unlike the noise of unethical people. This is why the invitation God extends to every person, especially those who are most wounded and suffering, is above all, realistic. Life is beautiful but it is also tiring because we need to face difficulties of every kind, thus the yoke.
The adventure of life is vibrant and presents us with interesting opportunities, but we sometimes feel the weight of it. The question may arise if a serious Christian commitment aggravates the situation.
On the contrary, the yoke is light for the Christian if the commitment is to leave egoism aside and give the best of ourselves to our various duties. Yet, as some say, the weight remains and there is nothing we can do about it. This is very true, but it becomes light when we do not carry it alone but in the company of Jesus.
Lord, persuade me that sweetness and lightness are Gospel categories – existential because they come because You loved us first. With You, in You, I go quickly along sunny roads precisely because Your yoke does not crush me and the weight does not oppress me if You transform all into love.
The Voice of St. Francis of Assisi
A ray of sun is enough to scatter many shadows.