SUNDAY’S GOSPEL – Matthew 11:25-30.
At that time Jesus said, “I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and the intelligent and have revealed them to infants; yes, Father, for such was your gracious will. All things have been handed over to me by my Father; and no one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.
“Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. 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. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
POINTERS FOR PRAYER
- Human beings are always setting up barriers which divide people into those who are important and those who are not. It happens in every community and Jesus met it among the Jewish people of his time. God wants to break down these barriers so that those who are on the wrong side of them can experience that they too are his children and have a unique contribution to make to their community. Perhaps you can recall someone whom you did not think of highly but who turned out to be very good in some sphere. What good news that you were wrong!
- Great intelligence is not sufficient to develop a relationship with God, unless combined with an open childlike capacity to wonder. Does this resonate with your experience?
- The ministry of Jesus was to introduce people to a relationship of intimacy with God. How has Jesus given you that kind of relationship?
- Another aspect of the ministry of Jesus was to free people from the burden of a legalistic understanding of religion, and to introduce them to a faith marked by freedom and love. Perhaps you have made that journey also. Who has been a Jesus person for you and helped you to find freedom, joy and rest in your faith?
Connection between 1st reading and Gospel:
One word seems to have inspired the use of this reading: humble. The image of universal peace which follows is very attractive in every age.
There is a note of real joy, even exultation in this first reading. It may help to remember such feelings in your own life —and indeed in your life as a disciple.
God’s universal reign means all are included without distinction. When has this become evident to you and did you change in any way as a result?