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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

July 3, A.D. 2005

Zechariah 9:9-10
Psalm 145:1-2,8-11,13-14
Romans 8:9,11-13
Matthew 11:25-30

A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:

"Come to me ... learn from me, and you will find rest. My yoke is easy, and my burden light."

The beckon to find rest by taking the yoke of the meek and humble-hearted One is the gift of sharing His work.

"Learn from me."

The all-powerful, all-mighty Creator, in perfectly humility and meekness with His created ones, wills to share with them His own" yoke". He reveals the rest that is "Peace" when one is yoked with the Lord.

Msgr. Bill Pickard preached a homily explaining the yoke for oxen fits them comfortably, perfectly, allowing each of the two who share it to be guided as one. Never straying from a path, their eyes focus forward as they move perfectly with one another, thanks to the perfectly fitted yoke. Indeed the sharing of this yoke makes their burden light.

"Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart." Espoused as His bride, the Church, indeed each soul, takes up the yoke of our daily cross, willing in meekness and humility, to join our wills with His perfect Will. Perfectly, the two become One. Conforming one's whole self to the Lord, one learns to remain united with the Lord in mind, soul and strength. One finds that this perfectly fitted yoke, the cross of our wills conformed with His, keeps one from straying from the path to Life. The yoke is Light in shared union with onešs God who walks every step of the way to Life with us.

O Lord,
grace us with conformed wills
to remain yoked with you.

- Mary Williams

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