Our brothers and sisters can be some of the greatest blessings in our lives, but can also cause us pain. Whichever reality we are experiencing right now, God desires to listen and to be present to our concerns for our siblings.
Oxen have been used in farming for a very long time to pull plows and tractors. When Jesus tells us to “take my yoke upon you and learn from me,” he is saying he wants to help carry our heavy burdens in life.
In today’s Gospel reading from Luke (21:25), Jesus tells his disciples about the coming of the Son of Man in some rather chilling terms: “There will be signs in the sun, the moon, and the stars, and on earth nations will be in dismay, perplexed by the roaring of the sea and the waves.”