“For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

Matthew 11:30

Wednesday, 18 November 2020

Matthew 11:25-30

Heavy burdens are something we have all experienced. Sometimes we may even have become so accustomed to them that they are just part of our lives. Often, we pray for strength to carry our burdens. 

If you have been fortunate enough to experience or watch bulls pulling a plough, you will know that it is not as easy as just leading the bulls. The bulls carry the yoke and follow your lead. If there is a rock ahead, you need to change the course of direction before they get to it. 

Carrying a yoke or burden may seem like an easy task from afar, but in truth, it is not. But Jesus assures us that his yoke is easy and we do not need to worry about steering it in the right direction because he is the one walking in front and leading us. We need to hold onto the yoke to help share the load with him. Jesus does not remove our burdens. Jesus offers to share the load and steer us in the right direction, especially in the times where we feel lost or off-track. His helping hand and promise of rest lighten our burdens.

Am I ready and willing to share my load with the friend who is prepared to lend a hand? Am I willing to lend a hand to others who are in need or to pray with them for that guidance from God? 

Do I take up the invitation offered and accept God’s help to lighten my burden? Or do I bear my burdens alone?

Loving God,

May I learn your ways and allow you to lighten my burdens instead of suffering alone. May I be your instrument, helping others to carry their burdens.


Ms Nonto Thulile Mhlongo

Nonto Mhlongo works at the St Lucia Retreat and Training Centre giving retreats. She has completed the spiritual direction training programme with the Jesuit Institute.

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