A Catholic Monthly Magazine

Sunday 9 July


Zechariah 9:9–10; Psalm 145; Romans 8:9,11–13; Matthew 11:25–30

Yoke of God

A yoke was a frame used to control animals. Under the yoke of Egypt or Rome was a way of speaking of oppressive rulers and nations. The word translated as ‘wearied’ was used for beatings, physical weariness from work, heat or battle. Life under the reign (basileia) of Rome’s unjust political and socioeconomic structure meant hard labour, taxes, debts and disease. In contrast, how do disciples experience the reign (basileia) and yoke of God’s mercy which is about right relationship with God, creation and people?

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