The Gospel According to Matthew 11:28-30
Jesus said to the crowds: “Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart; and you will find rest for yourselves. For my yoke is easy, and my burden light.”
Reflection: If you have ever seen a ‘yoke’, it becomes obvious that it was intended for two beasts of burden. That allows for two things to happen; the first is that with two pulling a cart, the load becomes lighter for each, and the second is that the animals can travel twice as far before becoming tired and needing rest. We all will need to pull loads in our lives, that’s just how life is for us. We all must work to earn wages to enable us to eat, have clothes to wear and to have shelter over our heads. Wouldn’t it be better to share this burden with another?
Jesus is offering each one of us to share in His yoke. He wants us to learn from Him from all His teachings (Gospels) and be more like Him. And to share what we learn from Him with everyone we encounter on our road of life, so that they too can lighten their load in life. Each and everyone of us could use some extra help once and awhile, I know I do.
How fitting that today we celebrate the memorial of Saint Ambrose. Saint Ambrose is of particular significance to ‘Plan Bee’ as he is the first patron saint of bees, beekeepers, and even candle makers. He is often depicted with bees and beehives- symbols that also indicate wisdom. We all know how important that bees are in nature. Bees are also the epidemy of how teamwork is in nature.
Action of the Day: Look for ways to be more selfless in your everyday life. It is the small gifts, of help, that we do for our brothers and sister, neighbors, co-workers, that have the biggest impact to another’s life. Try to be more aware of your surroundings and those who need help, don’t turn a blind eye to those in need!