Welcome everyone! I would like to thank all of you for joining me this sermon. Before I start, I would invite all of you to add a prayer request to our Prayer Request Page. We all have something that needs prayer. We all have things that we need help with.
Many people find that the Catholic Church is old fashioned, and don’t like going to their services because of that; especially if they normally go to a Pentecostal, or Baptist Church.
One of the things about the Catholic Church that is considered old fashioned is the Vestments that the priests wear at mass. Each part of the priestly garb (vestments) has a specific symbolism. The one piece of priestly garb that I want to speak of today is the Stole.
What the stole symbolizes is the yoke of Jesus. We are all supposed to take on the yoke of Jesus, because his load is light, and in turn He will help us with our yoke; our burden, which is heavy.
Job 31:7-8 (NIV)
7 if my steps have turned from the path,
if my heart has been led by my eyes,
or if my hands have been defiled,
8 then may others eat what I have sown,
and may my crops be uprooted.
If we all turn to God, and let Jesus help to carry our yoke, our burden, then the above passage would not have to happen to us.
Many of us profess to believe in God. Yet hide that belief. We don’t do as we are called. We are all called to minister to those who have not heard the word… or those who do not believe. We are called to evangelize.
This does not mean that we all need to be out on the street corner with a bible in hand shouting out the word of the Lord. In fact most don’t have to change much in how we live. In everyday conversation there is often an opening to talk about God, and how God leads our lives.
If we were all to do this it would make a difference. We would be getting God’s word out into the world without being the preachy on the street corner type.
And if we trust in God then when we are asked questions about our beliefs, the Holy Spirit will guide our words and heart. We will answer these questions true.
Faith is a powerful thing. Faith is what would allow you to take on the yoke of Jesus, and in turn unburden yourself.
Matthew 11:28-30 (NIV)
28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
What does it mean to have faith in Jesus?
Was Jesus real?
Did Jesus die and ascend into Heaven?
Or how about is Jesus God?
To have faith in Jesus and His teachings is to believe that He is real, He did die and ascend into Heaven, and that He is God. If these statements are not true statements then we are all just a bunch of people worshiping a mad man who rotted away 2000 years ago.
Lucky for us though these statements are true; and because of that we can still get help from Jesus with our burden. Jesus, who is God, is still here to take on our burdens.
Every one of us has something that presses on our soul. Something that we are ashamed of, or something that troubles us about ourselves. That is something that taking Jesus’ yoke can help us with. Every one of us has a bad relationship with someone else. By following the word of God, we can ease that relationship.
Matthew 22:34-40 (NIV)
34 Hearing that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, the Pharisees got together. 35 One of them, an expert in the law, tested him with this question: 36 “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”
37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbour as yourself.’ 40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”
Jesus is telling us in these verses in the simplest of terms the easiest way to take on his yoke. The easiest way to lighten our burden.
First and foremost, Love God. If we love God, we believe in Him; we have Faith in Him.
And secondly ‘Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.’ If we did this then we would be able to mend the burnt, or broken bridges in the bad relationships we all have.
We all have the need to take on the Yoke of Jesus. We all have the desire to take on the Yoke of Jesus. I challenge you to do so.
This week, try and love others as you love yourself.
Read the teachings of Jesus. And what I would recommend for this is to read the Gospel of Mark. It is the shortest of the Gospels and it is an easy read. And pray while you read. Remember prayer is about being in communion with God.
May God Bless you and Keep you. Granting us all peace and happiness.
Thank you for reading this Sermon.