SEA SUNDAY 2023
DEACON GEORGE’S HOMILY FOR THE FOURTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
In the time of Jesus, the yokes for the oxen, were made of wood. The ox was brought to the carpenter, and the ox’s measurements were taken. The yoke was then roughed out, and the ox was brought back again for a fitting. The yoke was then carefully adjusted, so that it was a perfect fit, and therefore, it did not chafe or hurt the ox’s neck and shoulders. In other words, every yoke was tailor made to fit one specific ox. Now, there is a legend, that Jesus made the best oxen yokes in all Galilee. And that there was a sign over the door of his workshop, that read, “My yokes fit well”. The legend is a play on words. This is all because of the words of Jesus, “my yoke is easy”. In the Gospel, “my yoke is easy” is written, in Greek, as “o gar zoogos chrestos”. And the Greek word, “chrestos” has a double meaning. One meaning is, “easy”, the other meaning is, “well fitted”. So therefore, Jesus could have said, “my yoke is well fitted” or “my yoke is easy”. And hence, the legend of the sign above his workshop, “My yokes fit well” and hence Jesus was the best yoke maker in all Galilee….