The most common reaction that we experience when we lose control of a situation is to have fear. The bigger the situation, the bigger the fear! This very same concept applies to allowing God to have control over our lives as well. Jesus knows this however, which is why He calms us and gives up peace by saying “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 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. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” This passage is very comforting if we think about what a yoke is. At first glance this might not make sense because a yoke is the tool of burden that oxen wear in order to plow a field – it means hard work! But it takes on a different light when we come to realize that most yokes are made not for one but for two oxen who will pull the load side by side.
So, when Jesus tells us that the way to find peace and rest is to carry HIS yoke, He isn’t simply asking us to do hard work for Him. Rather, He is asking us to work WITH Him, alongside Him. When we accept this fact and embrace the work that He invites us to, it is then that we will truly find rest for our souls.
~Father Keith Romke, Vocations Director