Faith Daily | 9 December 2020
PRAYER of the Week| ADVENT TWO: APBA p.466
who sent your messenger John the Baptist
to preach repentance and prepare the way for our salvation:
give us grace to heed his warning and forsake our sins,
that we may greet with the joy the coming of our Redeemer,
Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
GOSPEL for the Day: Matthew 11: 28-30
28“Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. 29Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
GOSPEL Reflection: Contributed by Carol Streatfield
What a beautiful passage this is! Jesus saying, “Stop trying to go it alone. Work with me.” How often do we try our very best for Christ only to end up exhausted and feeling unproductive? “Learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” Even Moses had to be told to take off his sandals because he was standing on holy ground. How often do we clump around in our working boots ‘doing’ God’s work for him? A good dose of humility (or even a large dose) wouldn’t go astray.
A yoke, not a set of instructions. A smooth, well-fitting, gentle harness to our God, who knows our strength and capabilities regardless of whether we want to accept those limitations or not. A yoke to One who is gentle and humble of heart. Nothing big-headed about this partner in toil. Maybe he’d rather be a companion, a playmate, a comfort, a confidant, a prop, a friend. Maybe he’d like us all to work with Him, not for Him; to enjoy his creation and to join in his creating. Maybe we just need to share the yoke. With Him.
FINAL PRAYER: Jim Cotter
Christ our King, folly to worldly ways,
just and compassionate in your rule,
revealing the strength of love
by being born a vulnerable child
and by dying a nailtorn outcast,
turn our eyes and desires
from the seductions and trappings of worldly power,
and give us the strength
to risk being vulnerable ourselves,
that we may learn how to become
truly wise and divinely human.
We pray this in your name Jesus,
in the mutual promise of sharing the burden.