Shed Aggressive Lifestyle, Adopt Meekness Says Pope

Pope Benedict XVI message after the July 3 Angelus was a reflection on the day’s Gospel: “Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart; and you will find rest for yourselves. For my yoke is easy, and my burden light.” (MT 11:28-30) 

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Pope Benedict XVI message after the July 3 Angelus was a reflection on the day’s Gospel: “Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart; and you will find rest for yourselves. For my yoke is easy, and my burden light.” (MT 11:28-30) 

The Holy Father noted that while Jesus promises to give all “rest,” he puts a condition: “Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart.”  The Pope continued that  the “yoke” of Christ is the law of love, it is his commandment, which he left to his disciples (cf. John 13:34; 15:12) and that the true remedy for the wounds of humanity … is a rule of life based on fraternal love, which has its source in the love of God. 

Pope Benedict XVI then applied fraternal love to modern problems including environmental degradation: It is therefore necessary to abandon the path of arrogance and violence that is used to procure positions of greater power, so as to ensure success at any cost. Also, out of respect for the environment, it is necessary to give up the aggressive lifestyle that has become prevalent in the last centuries and to adopt a reasonable “meekness.” 

Read the Holy Father’s entire address here.