Easy Yokes?! Sermon from Sunday, 9 July 2017

Sunday, July 9, 2017

It may sound like a reassuring, wonderful image -- Jesus' offer in the gospel that we take on his yoke, for "my yoke is easy and my burden is light," he said.  But is it so calming?  After all, a yoke is a farming instrument designed to keep beasts of burden in line, connected one to another.  Sure, it helps lessen the load but it's a symbol of being contained, locked-in, few choices but to move forward down the field's path.  And yet maybe that is a symbol of peace.  Maybe having our choices restricted, contained, narrowed and focused on God through his Son, Jesus, is the gateway to life.  Fr. Greg reflets on "yokes" in today's sermon, and offers a story in which he, too, learned the gift, the joy, the real peace that comes from being connected and brought closer to God.

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Sunday, 9 July 2017   Proper 9a

Genesis 24:34-38, 42-49, 58-67
Psalm 45: 11-18
Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30