Lamentations 3:27

It is good for a man that he bear the yoke in his youth.
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George Leo Haydock

AD 1849
Yoke. Afflictions endured for justice sake ensure a blessing. (Haydock) All may derive great benefit from suffering.


AD 420
Anchorites go from the monasteries into the deserts with nothing but bread and salt. Paul introduced this way of life; Anthony made it famous, and—to go farther back still—John the Baptist set the first example of it. The prophet Jeremiah describes one such in the words “It is good for a person that he bear the yoke in his youth. He sits alone and keeps silence, because he has borne it on him. He gives his cheek to him who strikes him; he is filled full with reproach. For the Lord will not cast off forever.” The struggle of the anchorites and their life—in the flesh, yet not of the flesh—I will, if you wish, explain to you at some other time. I must now return to the subject of covetousness, which I left to speak of the monks. With them before your eyes you will despise not only gold and silver in general but earth itself and heaven. United to Christ, you will sing, “The Lord is my portion.” - "Letter 22.36"

John Chrysostom

AD 407
For affliction is an unbroken bond, the increase of love, the occasion for reserve and piety. Hear the words of David, “It is good for me that I have been afflicted, that I might learn your statutes.” And again another prophet, who says, “It is good for a person that he bears the yoke in his youth.” And again, “Blessed is the one whom you chasten, O Lord.” And another who says, “Despise not the chastening of the Lord.” And “if you come near to serve the Lord, prepare your soul for temptation. And Christ also said to his disciples, “In the world you shall have tribulation, but be of good cheer.” And again, “You shall weep and lament, but the world shall rejoice.” And again, “Narrow and straitened is the way.” Do you see how tribulation is everywhere lauded, everywhere assumed as needful for us? For if in the contests of the world, no one without this receives the crown unless he fortifies himself by work, by abstinence from the finer things of life, by living according to rule, by being...

Methodius of Olympus

AD 311
Therefore, it is becoming that we should kindle the unquenchable light of faith in the heart, and gird our loins with purity and watch and ever wait for the Lord so that, if he should will to come and take any of us away in the first period of life, or in the second or in the third, and should find us most ready and working what he appointed, he may make us to lie down in the bosom of Abraham, of Isaac and of Jacob. Now Jeremiah says, “It is good for a person that he bear the yoke in his youth” and “that his soul should not depart from the Lord.” It is good, indeed, from youth, to submit the neck to the divine hand and not to shake off, even to old age, the Rider who guides with pure mind, when the evil one is ever dragging down the mind to that which is worse. For who is there who does not receive through the eyes, through the ears, through the taste and smell and touch, pleasures and delights, so as to become impatient of the control of continence as a driver, who checks and vehement...

Thomas Aquinas

AD 1274
Divine mercy is here designated as to expectation of future events. First, the expectation itself, second, to the condition of such expectation. As Verse 28: "Let him sit alone in silence when he has laid it on him." Regarding this expectation of future events three ideas are proposed. First is the result of such an expectation: "The Lord is good to those who wait for him, to the soul that seeks him." That is, as if spreading proper posessions. Since, Psalm 73 (72):l claims: "Truely God is good to the upright, to those who are pure in heart." Second, the manner of this expectation is noticed. As said: "It is good that one should wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord." Namely, patiently, and without a murmur. For Isaiah 30:15 asserts: " in quietness and c in trust shall be your strength." Third, the time of this expectation is examined: "It is good for a man that he bear the yoke in his youth." That is, a fear of the Lord, and love for the Lord in his youth. Since, as t...

Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation - 2 Peter 1:20

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