Catholic Men’s Daily Devotional and Bible Study – 2nd Week of Advent – Wednesday – Matthew 11:28-30
Having revealed the blessings and power the Father has given Him, Christ offers to give peace and joy to men. Christ knows men’s burdens: at one with the Father at Eden, Christ purposefully gave men toil to remind them of their dependence on God (Gen 3:17-19); Christ willingly carries man’s burden through His years as a simple carpenter. In the Incarnation, Crucifixion and Resurrection, Christ now shows that in Him, men can be reconciled with God and be relieved of their burden.
For relief from the burdens of the world, Christ reiterates His exhortation in the Old Testament for men to pursue Divine Wisdom (Sirach 51) with an incredible revelation: Christ is Wisdom personified! He promises in His Divine Mercy to draw men to Him in gentleness, relieving the suffering of men who seek Him. To seek Him, Christ invites men to come to Him, to learn from Him and to take on His yoke of the Christian life; in this, Christ promises men rest.
Christ’s call to take on His yoke life-changing. The yoke is His yoke, through which men are united with Christ. Christ does not impose His yoke, but gives man free will to give himself to Him. His yoke becomes the vocation of disciples to labor for the Kingdom of Heaven. Christ does not take away our burdens, but helps us carry our duties in the world with joy, realizing that we are contributing in our meager way to His plan of Salvation History. Christ’s yoke is one of complete obedience to Christ in the willing and joyful carrying of our own cross.
Awed by Jesus Christ – Son of Man, Jesus knows the struggles of men and promises them peace. Divine Prophet, Jesus proclaims that Old Testament writings that are hundreds of years old are about Him. Divine Wisdom, Christ reveals that His is Wisdom personified. Divine Mercy, Christ desires all men to find relief and rest.
Being a Heroic Catholic Man
1) Pop psychology, self-help gurus and false religions deceive men into thinking lasting “peace” can be gained with philosophies (humanism), techniques (positive thinking, mindfulness meditations) and gimmicks (walking on coals). Marvel that Christ purposefully incarnates, taking on the work, physical burdens of manhood and death on the Cross; through the Resurrection Christ’s yoke is the only source of lasting peace and eternal salvation.
2) Men today are burdened, overworked or underemployed, alienated and lonely, leading many scrape by, living for the escape of the weekend. Rather than temporary fixes, find lasting peace and joy every day in Christ. During Advent, commit to find daily joy in Christ by yoking yourself to Him in daily prayer and Scripture reading.
3) Christ wants men to learn from Him and to give them provide rest. As part of your preparation during Advent, identify several of your most pressing problems and pray for Christ to guide you to just action.
Spiritual Practices – Include in Today’s Prayers
Sacred Mystery of Rosary – The Glorious Mysteries
Daily Devotion – Saint Joseph
Virtue of the Day – Temperance
Corporal Work of Mercy – To visit the imprisoned
Spiritual Work of Mercy – To comfort the sorrowful