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Questions of the Week - July 5
Theme: Jesus gives us the special help we need to carry our load
Read this week's Gospel: Matthew 11: 25-30
The word YOKE conjures up all sorts of negative images: large, heavy, burdensome pieces of wood used to restrain an animal, forcing it to drag a heavy load. Though the yoke certainly is a burden, it is also useful, allowing animals to distribute the load of a cart or plow across its shoulders making the task easier – NOT easy – just easier!
Jesus grew up in Nazareth working in his father’s carpentry shop, a shop that would have concentrated on every-day items for homes and area farms. No doubt, wooden yokes for oxen were among the many items Jesus would have learned to make.
Question for Children:
How can Jesus help you be good?
Question for Teens & Tweens:
Do you rely on Jesus during times of trouble? Can you describe a time when Jesus helped you??
Question for Adults:
How do you experience Christ giving you consolation and peace in your daily life?
Just like people, no two oxen are built alike. For a yoke to work well, it needs to fit each ox properly, otherwise it will actually increase the workload. In fact, again like people, if the yoke doesn’t fit properly, oxen will occasionally refuse to work!
As a master carpenter, Jesus would have learned to design yokes that fit each individual ox appropriately, thus making their work lighter. He does the same for us, if we let Him. He gives us the special help we need to carry our own unique, worldly loads.
Happy 4th of July!!!
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