Holy Innocents' Episcopal Church


Clergy Corner

The Yoke That Frees

We talk a lot about freedom these days. Especially the week of Independence Day, we extol the virtues of living in a free society, one which offers us not only freedom of speech and religion but also promises to make us debt-free, pain-free, worry-free.

But how many people do we know who are, in fact, free?

Jesus said, "Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls." In his inimitable way, Jesus flips the world's promises on their heads, offering us not license to do as we please but servitude to life-giving truth and love. The yoke he proposes is the only freeing kind there is; to be bound to Christ is to be free in the only way that truly matters.

When Holy Innocents' Church takes seriously God's promptings to liberate the oppressed, when we seek justice for those left behind, when we offer solace and balm for the "holy innocents" among us, then we don't have to worry about being irrelevant. The most poignant service we can provide is to invite people to imitate Christ: free to serve, free to love, free to give up our very lives for the greater glory and service of God. As Thomas Cranmer penned in the 16th Century: "O God, the author of peace and lover of concord, to know you is eternal life and to serve you is perfect freedom..."

Join us week by week as this parish worships, prays, and serves in Christ's yoke -- the yoke that frees.