I spent five years in Pangasinan where I was completely immersed in the day-to-day lives of my kababayans (townsfolks). Our main source of income comes from farming. Some of them use tractors to plow the fields, but those without the resources to buy or rent one continue to use their cows or water buffaloes. These animals would carry the yoke for the whole day. If these animals could speak, they would surely ask for a good rest. Likewise, we, human beings, have our own yokes to carry every day.
I have been through struggles that tested my confidence in God. The years 2014 to 2016 were the most wearisome for me. Life seemed to have dropped its immense weight on my shoulders. I was bombarded with relationship problems, a family financial crisis, and heavy responsibilities in the ministry. What helped me to endure these challenging moments? These are the Holy Eucharist and God’s Word in the Holy Mass.
In today’s Gospel, the carrying of the yoke may denote a situation when someone is going through struggles in life. Our Lord Jesus knew that the disciples were overwhelmed with the mission and responsibilities entrusted to them. However, our Lord assured the disciples that his yoke is easy. This is only possible when His disciples fully embrace and obey His Word without reservation.
The Gospel serves as a constant reminder for me to always believe in God’s Word. As far as my journey is concerned, my vocation is being tried every year. If I only rely on my strength, I will not be able to stand against the storms, but with Jesus’ help in carrying these burdens, telling me to “take a rest”, I know I will be able to surpass them.
By: Sem. Edward R. Miana
“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.”