You never know when your words will touch the heart of another…
This weekend, Pete and I spent time with our small Christian group. It is made up of about 6 or 7 couples and we meet in each other’s homes once a month (at least we try to). During these gathering times, we have been watching a series of videos by Fr. Robert Barron entitled, “Catholicism.” We share our faith, our concerns and sometimes little tidbits of wisdom. It is truly a time that Pete and I cherish.
No matter what type of Christianity you are practicing, I highly recommend finding time with other couples or friends that share your faith. Your words may completely change the faith life of another. Never miss out on the opportunity to share your faith and listen to friends’ journeys.
As we finished the video on Saturday night, one of our friends shared this prayer with us. It was so powerful and beautiful that it stuck with me all night long. I even awoke Sunday morning praying it (although it was my own version of it).
I could never do what she said justice, so I emailed my friend shortly after we met and asked her to give me the exact words of her prayer:
Mother Mary, I make my home with you and the Lord who is with you. Totus Tuus. Yoke me up to Jesus for eternal life.
Her opening acknowledged John’s responsibility after the crucifixion. Jesus said to John, “Behold, this is your mother!”
John 19:26-27 When Jesus then saw His mother, and the disciple whom He loved standing nearby, He said to His mother, “Woman, behold, your son!” 27Then He said to the disciple, “Behold, your mother!” From that hour the disciple took her into his own household.
Totus Tuus is latin for “totally yours.” (Pope John Paul II)
Yoke me up to Jesus for eternal life were the words that stuck with me all night. My friend explained to us that this came from Jesus’ own words “take my yoke upon you and learn from me (Matthew 11:29-30). In pre-machinery farming days, a pair of draft horses or oxen were yoked together. When a new animal needed to learn how, they would yoke it up to an experienced animal. The older would patiently pull while the other learned. The older one took the brunt of the work during this time: he pulled the load. The yoke became a burden of the older one while during this time the young one learned.
So just what are you asking when you say, “Yoke me up to Jesus?”
Jesus, lead me through my day.
Jesus, let me follow Your lead.
Jesus, let me do Your will.
Jesus, be patient with me while I learn to do it Your way.
Jesus, I will make mistakes, but lead me out of those mistakes.
Jesus, I will want to follow my own path, but guide me away from it if it is not Yours.
Jesus, I am your servant. You are my master.
Jesus, I strive to push back my pride and follow you humbly.
Jesus, I cannot get through this without you next to me.
Yoke me up to Jesus.
Yoke me up to Jesus, oh Lord!
I have been beginning and ending my day with this prayer. Yoke me up to Jesus, Oh Lord! It encompasses everything that I want out of my day. It says it all.
Follow Jesus. Let Him be Your guide.
Yoke me up to Jesus, oh Lord!