The easy yoke – a model of companionship

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“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 yokegentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

Mt 11

A yoke binds two animals together. Usually it is used as a way of harnessing their strength so that both animals have to work collaboratively with each other, they are forced, by the rigidity of the yoke, to pull together, and they can pull heavy burdens because of this.

Jesus takes this imagery and transforms it. He tells us that his yoke is easy and his burden is light. By taking on his yoke we bind ourselves to him and we are enabled, with him, to carry even heavy burdens. But perhaps more than that… we are enabled to shoulder not just our own burden, but also to walk alongside others and bear their burdens with them.

In a way the ‘yoke’ that Jesus speaks of is that of a committed walking beside others, being a companion. Knowing that the burdens we carry are shared and that equally we can take the weight for others.

 

One Response to “The easy yoke – a model of companionship”

  1. Beatrice Molyneux Says:

    Lynne this is really helpful. Thank you for sharing it. Blessings.
    Beatrice fcJ

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