Matthew 11-25:30

I begin by saying to the Father: THANK YOU LORD for making yourself known and giving us your son, who is an example of humility and helps with our burdens and problems.

When the apostles returned, they gave a recount of the success of their mission, Jesus was happy and directs all to give thanks to the Father and invites all who suffer to come to him. The text reveals the tenderness and goodness of Jesus as a source of rest and peace.

Jesus prayed often and sometimes we are given the content of his prayer (Mt 11,25-26; 26-39; Jn 11,41-42; 17,1-26). Here he addresses God as “Father” and “Lord of heaven and earth.” Everything has been handed over to me by my Father, and no one knows the Son except the Father, nor does the Father know anyone but the Son, and the one to whom the Son wants to reveal it: Some consider this verse to be “thunder from the joanic heaven”, because its language is closer to the prayer of Jesus in the gospel of John 17. Jesus knows the Father and knows what the Father wanted to reveal throughout the Old Testament. His intimacy with the Father gives him a new criterion with the author of the Bible.

The invitation of Jesus to all who suffer or are oppressed begins. In its original context, the people lived tired, under the observances required by the purity laws. Jesus is the expected Messiah, but he is different than expected. Jesus is not the nationalist Messiah, nor the severe judge, nor powerful King, but humble and subservient. Take my yoke upon you: A yoke generally connects two oxen to work as a team. A well-adjusted yoke follows the curves of the ox’s neck so that it does not rub and hurt. In the hands of scribes and Pharisees, the yoke of the law became as heavy a burden as the yoke of the world. Jesus does not remove it, but asks us to accept his, which is cool, “manageable, that is, smooth, pleasant (instead of rough, hard, and sharp).” Jesus invites us to bear his yoke and learn from him.