1 May God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face shine on us – [b] 2 so that your ways may be known on earth, your salvation among all nations.
3 May the peoples praise you, God; may all the peoples praise you. 4 May the nations be glad and sing for joy, for you rule the peoples with equity and guide the nations of the earth. 5 May the peoples praise you, God; may all the peoples praise you.
6 The land yields its harvest; God, our God, blesses us. 7 May God bless us still, so that all the ends of the earth will fear him.
God lets himself be pushed out of the world and onto the cross; God is impotent and weak in the world yet specifically and only so that he is with us and helps us.
The Mystery of Easter
Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me …" (Matt 11:28-30). A yoke is itself a burden, one burden added to another, and yet it has the peculiar nature of making another burden light. A burden that would simply push a person down to the ground becomes bearable through the yoke. . . . Jesus wants to put us human beings under such a yoke, so that our burden will not become too heavy for us. "My yoke" he calls it — that is, the yoke under which he has learned to carry his burden, which is a thousand times heavier than our burden, precisely because it is indeed all of our burdens that he bears. . . .
Those who carry this yoke, and thus learn from him, have a great promise: "… you will find rest for your souls."
That is the end. This rest is the last thing, and it is already here under the yoke of Jesus. It is yoked together with him in gentleness and humility. But only there where all burdens fall will we find the complete rest that we long for.