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If the Yoke Fits, Wear It!

Shoulder My yoke and learn from Me for I am gentle and humble of heart
Zechariah 9:91-10; Psalms 145:1-2,8-11,13-14; Romans 8:9,11-13; Matthew 11:25-30

Sermon Week Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Cycle A

Scripture Summary Matthew 11:29

Let me begin with the words of a Saint: "No one heals himself by wounding another." -1

Echoing these words is a simple allegory about three men who set out on a journey. Each carried two sacks around his neck -- one in front and one in back. The first man was asked what was in his bags. "In this one on my back," he said, "I carry all the kind deeds of my friends. In that way, they are out of sight and out of mind, and I don't have to do anything about them. They're soon forgotten. This sack in front carries all the unkind things people do to me. I pause in my journey every day to take them out and air them, lest I forget them. It slows me down, but nobody gets away with anything."

The second man was asked what was in his sacks. "In this one on my back, I keep all my bad deeds. I keep them behind me, out of my view. This sack in front carries my good deeds. I constantly keep them before me. I pause in my journey every day to take them out and air them, lest I forget them. It slows me down, but I take great pleasure in them."

The third man was asked what was in his sacks. "I carry my friends' kind deeds in this front sack," he said. "It looks full, but it is not heavy. Far from slowing me down, it is like the sails of a ship. It helps me move ahead. The sack on my back has a hole in the bottom. That's where I put all the evil I hear from others. It just falls out and is lost, so I have no burden to impede me."

According to an old legend, in the years before he began His public ministry Jesus was renowned for His skill in making yokes and, so the story goes, a yoke hung over the door of Jesus' carpentry shop as a symbol of His expertise -- a trademark.

A yoke is a wooden [...]


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