July 18 – Thursday
Thursday of the Fifteenth Week in Ordinary Time
Gospel Reading MT 11:28-30
A yoke has traditionally been used between a pair of animals, usually oxen, to help them pull together on a load. Who is joined to you in this yoke? Surely it is Jesus himself!
Jesus is not suggesting that we live free from any yoke.
“And what is this yoke of yours that does not weary but gives rest?” asked the Jesuit Saint, Robert Bellarmine. “It is, of course, that first and greatest commandment: ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart.’"
Prayer: (all together)
Jesus, be with me as I carry the yoke. Write down in my heart the first and the greatest commandment which is to love you with all my heart. Amen