Reflection: Fourteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Chinese Mass:Every Sunday 2:15 p.m.

Our Lady of the Assumption RC Church, Assumption Priory, Victoria Park Square, Bethnal Green E2 9PB (map)

After Mass you are welcome to join the community for a tea gathering

Bible study/sharing every Saturday (2:00-4:00 p.m.) at Notre Dame De France Church, 5 Leicester Place WC2H 7BX (near See Woo Chinese Supermarket, Leicester Square tube station)

Talk and discussion meeting First Monday of every month (4:00-6:00 p.m.) at Notre Dame De France Church

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 [1st Reading – Zech.9:9-10; Ps.144; 2nd Reading – Rom.8:9,11-13; Gospel – Mt.11:25-30]

YOKE EASY-BURDEN LIGHT

The relationship between Jesus and the Father is often revealed through Jesus’ prayers.  It is quite interesting that the first thing that comes out of Jesus’ mouth is the blessing and the praising of the Father in heaven.  Jesus starts by praising the Father and gives him blessings for revealing certain things to mere children… while hiding them “from the learned and the clever” – ‘learned and clever’ accordingly to the world’s perspective.

Once Jesus has given to God what is God’s (i.e. honour and praise!), he then shifts his attention to address those who were listening to him.  Although Jesus’ attention changes, he does not change the subject.  His teaching is still about the Father and his relationship with him.  Jesus speaks about the trust that the Father has in the Son, i.e. the belief that the Son will act according to the Father’s will…  Jesus speaks also about the knowledge that the Father has of the Son and the knowledge and the trust/belief that the Son himself has of the Father.  It is clear in this mutual relationship that both the Father and the Son are free to do what “please” them.  They also reveal themselves to whom they “choose”… i.e. they are free to do something or otherwise …

Interestingly, this same freedom is extended to all those who hear the invitation of Jesus: “Come to me… and I will give you rest”.  It is a promise from Jesus, who himself is free to do whatever he likes… but in his infinite justice God will reveal himself (as Father, Son and Holy Spirit) to those who accept his invitation or are open to it.  Even though God can do anything, one of his main characteristics is that he is “just” – in his own way.  Although he reveals himself to ‘mere children’ or to those who become like children… we still have to labour to see his revelation.  However if we work too much and we end up overburdening ourselves, then Jesus is there ready to offer us the time and space to rest our souls in him.  He offers himself not only as an example to learn from, but he also invites us to take his yoke and burden… which according to Jesus’ way of seeing things, his burden and yoke are ‘easy’ and ‘light’… and maybe he even takes our burden on his own shoulder!!!

Maybe our immediate response is something like : “it is easier said than done”  Well, that is the case … for those who are not yet ready to do so and take upon themselves Jesus’ yoke and burden as he himself took them… For Jesus, all this was the will of the Father… even at times when it was difficult for Jesus to do so (remember in garden the Gethsemane!!!).  But what does all this mean for me?  Have I ever stopped to think about what the Father is asking of me in my life???  And therefore once I understand, because I have a healthy relationship with him, will I be ready to do it?

“Lord, help me to learn to bless and praise the Father in Heaven.  Help me to create a true relationship with Him, and at the same time a relationship with You and the Holy Spirit.  Help me to be ready and learn to do your will.  Thank you Lord!”

 

Fr. Jesmond Pawley, OFM Conv.

(Permission to reproduce on this site by Fr. Jesmond, St. Patrick’s RC Church, Waterloo http://www.stpatrickwaterloo.org.uk/ )

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