Beads of Joy 12-09-09
Jesus Will Give You Rest
©2009 James Dacey, Jr. SFO
During the Advent season, we celebrate at this time the coming of our Messianic King. Today's exciting gospel can be found in Matthew 11:28-30 (The Gentile Mastery of Christ). It is only Jesus who can lift the burden and shame of our sins, and it is only Jesus who can take away the hopelessness many of us have in this life. Jesus is the only one who can promise God's Kingdom, He is the only one who will embrace us when everyone else in the world discards us. He is the only one who'd carry us when we can no longer walk on our own.
Did you know that Oxen are yoked two by two? In verse 29, "Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me,.." Jesus wants us to be yoked with Him, in doing so our burdens are lightened. We are all meant to be disciples of Jesus, and we are to be life long learners. If you look up the definition of "yoke" you'll read that it's "a wooden bar, so constructed as to unite two animals, enabling them joined at the head or necks to work together." How exciting this illustration is when taking the Lord's yoke. This will mean that we need to consider the cost of this in our life. In order to do this together with Jesus, we must realize that the mind and heart of Jesus is unlike anything we've ever encountered.
In releasing us from the bondage of sin, we voluntarily act and accept the Father's will for us. We will need to consider an acceptable consecration; meaning we would turn from our worldly goals, selfish plans, ambition and desires that seek to build our own ego's and gratification. In essence this means that our talents, our possessions and any influences we may have, all belong to the Lord. Will we allow Jesus to use our hands for His work, our feet to go in the direction He is leading us? Will we allow Jesus to use our eyes to see as He sees, our tongues to speak as He would speak; and our minds and spirit to better serve Him. And above everything our hearts to love Him, we must give Him our whole self, holding nothing back.
Now with all that said, let us ponder these thoughts: Do we really know the joy of spending our lives with Jesus, and walking with Him everyday along a path that He so desires for us to follow? We can trust that God alone only knows what is best for us, how we can better serve Him and when it is that He will be calling us home. I am thrilled that Jesus is the center of my life, I place no trust in the world we live in to save me, love me and protect me so that I can spend eternity in Heaven. The world we live in this culture of death, and it bears no evidence of compassion, love or concern for our soul. The Kingdom of God that Jesus has died for for us, is beyond a doubt the one thing we should all embrace, and be willing to die for.
Jesus Christ needs to be your central focus in everything you do.
Your brother in Christ Jesus & His Most Blessed Mother,
Jim (The Rosary Man) Dacey Jr SFO