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An endowed gift to the Catholic Diocese of Baton Rouge today provides a brighter picture for our future. When you make a donation to our endowment, you give a gift with both immediate and long-term benefits.

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And, for additional information concerning Diocese of Baton Rouge Planned Giving options, please visit the “Plan My Legacy” page through the Office of Stewardship website: http://officeofstewardship.planmylegacy.org

A Burden, Light and Easy

ministry july2020To the weary and the burdened, Jesus offered wonderful solace and hope. “Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest,” he said. “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” (Matthew 11:28-30). At first glance, the passage is both comforting and perplexing. To those exhausted from labor, Jesus promised rest. Yet how can rest involve a burden?

A farmer’s yoke is an ideal object to illustrate the point Christ was making. In an agrarian culture, a farmer hitched a team of animals to a plow by using that essential device. The wooden frame or yoke, when properly applied, rested on the shoulders of the beasts, and served not only the farmer but the animals, providing support and guaranteeing a team of paired animals equal distribution of the load or work. They were equally yoked.

To be unequally yoked infers that animals of different types or sizes are yoked together. As one writer has noted, “When different animals are hitched together, the yoke weighs heavily on one while choking the other. Or an animal with a longer stride drags the other along. Animals of the same weight, size and type pull smoothly and help each other accomplish the work.”

What does it mean, then, to be yoked with Christ? Well, only the Lord Jesus can provide the additional strength that enables us to serve as we should. When we’re fatigued, Christ supplies us strength. When we begin to lose hope, he is there. Especially when we can’t “pull our own weight,” Jesus is comforting, teaching us and encouraging us. When we have nothing left to give, his strength is made perfect in our weakness. We learn from the Lord, and that is no burden.

Stewardship Today is a monthly devotional newsletter designed to assist Catholics everywhere in developing a greater understanding of the role of stewardship in everyday life.
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