Yesterday we took time to "come and see" Jesus with the two disciples from John's Gospel. We spent time entering into the power of this encounter that changed their lives forever (John 1:39 RSVCE). We know that "faith comes from what is heard" and this refers to that grace-filled response of a would-be believer who has the Gospel message announced to them by a disciple of the Lord (Romans 10:17). That word will deepen and mature to the extent that we seek our Lord in prayer; to hear from Him because "faith comes from what is heard."
"Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls" (Matthew 11:28-29 ). What are we yoked to? If we are yoked to something or someone other than Christ (I am not referring to holy covenant of Marriage) we might call that slavery. This Lent we want that yoke to be broken through the power of fasting, the Word of God and the Sacraments.
Let us yoke ourselves to Jesus; as we are yoked to Him, our faith will grow. This is not slavery but rather true freedom, because I freely unite myself with the Savior of the World who has my best interest. He desires to be united with me and walk this path together.