Thursday, June 06, 2013

Mary TV Daily Reflection 6/6/2013

Yoked with Jesus    
(c)Mary TV 2013
"For My yoke is easy, My burden is light"


June 6, 2013
St. Norbert

Dear Family of Mary! 

"Dear children! In this restless time, anew I am calling you to set out after my Son - to follow Him. I know of the pain, suffering and difficulties, but in my Son you will find rest; in Him you will find peace and salvation. My children, do not forget that my Son redeemed you by His Cross and enabled you, anew, to be children of God; to be able to, anew, call the Heavenly Father: 'Father'. To be worthy of the Father, love and forgive, because your Father is love and forgiveness. Pray and fast, because that is the way to your purification, it is the way of coming to know and becoming cognizant of the Heavenly Father. When you become cognizant of the Father, you will comprehend that He is all you need. I, as a mother, desire my children to be in a community of one single people where the Word of God is listened to and carried out.* Therefore, my children, set out after my Son. Be one with Him. Be God's children. Love your shepherds as my Son loved them when He called them to serve you. Thank you." (June 2, 2013)*Our Lady said this resolutely and with emphases.

Our Lady begins this message "In this restless time..." I am grateful to her for saying this. Indeed, these days are restless. There is so much violence in our world today. There is fear, anxiety, social upheaval, economic flux, climate shifts, and on and on. Our modern world is restless. It is becoming clearer and clearer that our temporal existence is threatened. This makes us restless.

Anxiety and insecurity can cause deep fatigue. We stay on high alert all day long, trying to solve our problems, trying to meet deadlines and pay bills. We use up adrenaline and guzzle caffeine in order to stay alert. It takes a toll. Our society is full of tired people.

And so our Lady addresses this problem. She tells us we live in a restless time. She draws our attention to it. She lets us recognize it. We are threatened by restlessness. Then she gives us the way out. She tells us " my Son you will find rest; in Him you will find peace and salvation." The answer to the threat of restlessness and fear is Jesus. He alone can free us from restlessness and give us rest, peace and salvation.

Jesus, Himself, told us the same thing:

"Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, 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 is light." (Mt 11:28-30)

Jesus does not tell us to run from our restless environment, or curl up in a ball. No, He tells us to come to Him, to take his yoke upon our shoulders and to learn from Him. He tells us to get up and "set out" towards Him much as Our Lady tells us in this message. He tells us to decide for Him, choose to follow Him. Once we have done that, He doesn't tell us to take a nap! No, instead, Jesus gives us His yoke! He puts us to work!! 

Now, a yoke are made for a team of oxen. The yoke is made of wood and has two holes in it, to be placed over the necks of the two oxen. I always picture Jesus wearing the yoke, and offering me the other side of the yoke. Jesus and I then pull our load. What a comfort that is to me. The yoke made of wood reminds me of the Cross. Jesus is inferring that He is asking each of us to help Him carry His cross, His yoke. And He will be our constant companion on this way of the Cross.

And even more comforting, Jesus says we will learn from Him. He will be our yoke partner, and He will teach us how to wear the yoke and pull the load. Jesus will teach us how to make it through this restless world, as He travels with us, side by side.

And the good news is that Jesus is gentle and lowly of heart, which means He will be very, very kind to each of us along the way, and his teaching will be gentle and kind. We will find rest for our souls because Jesus' yoke is easy and His burden is light. This is probably true, because Jesus will take the lion's share of the load along the way, and only let us bear a fraction of the weight. He is our partner, remember!!  

The truth is that our rest will not come from running from our responsibilities, but from meeting them head on, with Jesus.  When we are paired up with Jesus, being led by Him, learning from Him, pulling with Him, all our difficulties, pains and fears will be handled and used for our good and the good of others. As we see our lives begin to make sense with Jesus, we will find rest in Him, peace, salvation, hope.  This is such good news! 

Our Lady urges us to come to Jesus, to take His yoke, to learn from Him, and to rest in His companionship. This is the way to escape the restlessness of our time. It is not by running away from it, or ensuring our own safety through power or wealth. No, it is by coming to Jesus, and taking His yoke upon our necks and walking with Him through it all, in peace and love and complete trust in Jesus' leadership.

We all desire rest. Let's recognize from whence our rest will come!

"For thus said the Lord GOD, the Holy One of Israel, "In returning and rest you shall be saved; in quietness and in trust shall be your strength." (Is 30: 15)

When we come to Jesus, and submit ourselves to His care, trusting Him in everything, resting in Him always, we shall be saved.

In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
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