Glorious Cross March 15
(The Crosier) has a preference for the poor and gives himself to the promotion of justice (Profile of the Congolese Crosier).
When Jesus spoke of his yoke, was he speaking about the yoke he bore or the yoke he gives? “Take my yoke upon you . . . because my yoke is easy” (Mt 11:20-30). The yoke makes it easy for the farmer to dominate his ox and, figuratively, the master his slave. Was Jesus a slave of some master? Yes! He submitted completely to his loving Father. His absolute obedience was the willing commitment he made to his Father for the salvation of the world. He bore the yoke. Christ let himself be guided by his Father, without deviation, through the field of the world, where the children of God lived in the wasteland caused by sin. Jesus voluntarily let himself be reduced to the status of a slave for the cultivation of love and justice. He did not rid himself of the yoke of the Cross before the new flowering was assured, that is to say, before his death issued in his resurrection. In their turn, the disciples of Jesus bow their necks willingly to bear the same yoke as he, submitting completely to the final harvest of love and justice that Christ has already sown.
Where the chef has trod, you also trod. (Nande)