Readings Isaiah 40:25-31; Psalm 103:1-10; Matthew 11:28-30
“Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.”
Rest for our souls has a wonderful appeal to it. Especially at this time of the year, when there is so much frenzied activity that we wonder sometimes if we ever find any rest. Yet there is a catch to it. Immediately before this saying, we are told that we should take the yoke of Jesus upon us, and while the later part of the passage tells us that this is an easy yoke and the burden that comes with it is light, nevertheless it is both a yoke and a burden.
In this case though, we are not being given a yoke that Jesus will use to drive us onward from behind, but rather a yoke that will be shared by him alongside of us. It allows our path to be corrected. We become partners with Jesus bringing in the Kingdom of God.
Yet, we need this yoke, because without it, we will wander off on our own path. We will forget the what it means to work for the kingdom. This Advent we have been looking at waiting. Particularly we have been looking at what it means to work as we continue the wait. The yoke that Jesus shares with us is one that makes working during the wait possible. This year during Advent let’s seek to take the yoke of Christ upon us and work while we wait.