FOURTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
JULY 9, 2017
Blessed are you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth;
You have revealed to little ones the mysteries of the kingdom.
A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew 11: 25-30
Come to me … I will give you rest.
At that time Jesus said in reply, “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 the childlike.
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 your selves. For my yoke is easy, and my burden light.”
The Gospel of the Lord
This is the Ordinary Time of the Liturgical Season. Within a yearly calendar, there is a Liturgical Cycle of thirty-three or thirty-four Ordinary weeks, in which no particular aspect of the mystery of Christ is celebrated, instead the fullness of the mystery of Christ is proclaimed and celebrated.
Ordinary Liturgical Time is not insignificant time! No time, which is really human life, is insignificant. In fact we live most of our lives by ordinary activity in an ordinary manner. And, how often have we heard from scripture and homilies that God is present in the ordinary events of human life, in the present moment of each day! Therefore, it is the case that we grow most significantly in holiness in the Ordinary Time of daily living, reflecting the life of Christ within us.
The Gospel passage for Sunday which I have deliberately arranged into three segments speaks clearly to the way each disciple should live his/her life within ordinary and extra-ordinary moments of that life.
First and foremost, notice that Jesus praises God the Father … Praising God should be a daily activity for all of us who choose to imitate Christ! Jesus praises the Father because God has revealed the mysteries of His love and mercy to ordinary people like us … not necessarily wise or learned people … just ordinary! Because we are ordinary people does not mean that we are less important to God. In fact the Little Ones, those who are childlike have an advantage over others because they recognize their need for God!
Secondly, Christ desires to reveal the Father and Himself to us who are willing to listen and look for Him. Therefore, a disciple’s ordinary activity of each day is reading and reflecting on the Gospel of Christ. It is in the sacred Word of God that the Father through Christ is revealed to us. This daily revelation is our source of identity and strength!
Thirdly, Christ offers relief and rest to all who go to Him and actively take Christ’s yoke of identity upon themselves. Disciples deliberately try to live every day in imitation of Jesus! The yoke of His cross becomes easy and light for us because we never carry it alone. Like Simon who helped Jesus carry His Cross, Christ helps us carry our cross. It is in the companionship and friendship of Christ that we find strength and consolation.
Do you see Christ walking with you in the ordinary time of your life? He is there!
ENCOUNTERING THE DIVINE PHYSICIAN
HEALING OF THE PARALYTIC (Luke 5: 17-26)
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