Sunday, July 5, 2020
At that time Jesus exclaimed:
“I give praise to you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth,
for although you have hidden these things
from the wise and the learned
you have revealed them to little ones.
Yes, Father, such has been your gracious will.
All things have been handed over to me by my Father.
No one knows the Son except the Father,
and no one knows the Father except the Son
and anyone to whom the Son wishes to reveal him.”
“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 (Matthew 11: 25-30).”
About 350 people, mostly youth under 25 years of age, are going door-to-door to announce the Gospel in four states close to us. They are going without cell phones or credit cards or money or letters of introduction; they only have their own return ticket. Why would they do such a thing? It is what Christ did with his disciples. They were told to go as ‘little ones’ who have no words other than what God puts in their mouth. They are to go with the spirit of Christ who rode into Jerusalem on a donkey, not a horse, as a beast of burden; he was a different kind of king.
Two things struck me with the gospel today. One was the prayer of Jesus to his Father which was full of joy and peace. He said, I bless you, Father, and praise you, and thank you for revealing yourself not to the wise, but to the little ones, the last ones, the poor ones, and they will announce you. Jesus always acts as the Son, the only Son, and all that he has comes from him. It is remarkable humility. He is giving us a hint on how to speak to our Father.
Jesus also says something that every lover wants to hear from his/her beloved: “Come to me.” All you who are tired and weary and fed up with this quarantine, come to me, and you will find rest. I am the only one who can give this to you. You may look in other places but only in me will you find such peace. It is an invitation. One needs to respond with total freedom.
A yoke is not a punishment but a means to carry out a work. It is never given to only one animal, usually two or more. The yoke you have fits you well and you are not alone; Christ is with you and he is the one who carries the weight. Christ doesn’t want anything from you, except yourself. Don’t be afraid to seek him out.
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