Scripture Reflection . . .
Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
First Reading: Zechariah 9:9-10
Responsorial Psalm: 145 “I will praise your name forever, my king and my God.”
Second Reading: Romans 8:9,11-13
Gospel: Matthew 11:25-30
The Reading today are filled with contradictions, all of which reveal something of who God is.
The Prophet Zechariah describes a king; a very different kind of king – one that is meek and riding on a donkey. Here is not a mighty warrior galloping along on a mighty sleek horse but rather a savior seeking peace for all nations riding a common beast of burden. This is a stark contrast to so many of our national and world leaders!
Paul’s Letter to the Romans speaks to the reoccurring theme of dying to self so we can live. We might think of Jesus’ words, “unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit” (John 12:24).
In the Gospel of Matthew we again hear a contradiction: the wise and learned miss the truths of the kingdom of God while they are revealed to the “little ones.”
And then the great invitation to all who carry a heavy load (and who doesn’t carry some burden be it physical, emotional, psychological, social, etc.?); “Come to me . . . and I will give you rest.” This because we have a God who is “meek and humble of heart.”
It’s Sunday, and most Sunday’s are a day of rest for us as Sisters. It is a gift to have a day to simply be; to rest, read, enjoy nature, and perhaps visit someone; a day to be grateful that we are loved for who we are and not what we do. It is a day of no accomplishments; a day to die to the worlds demands and our own need to feel important and productive. Today is a day to be at peace with self and the world. In this way we can begin a new week with a spirit of meekness and humility. Living today in such a way might just allow Jesus to help us take up the yoke and help ease the burdens others with a spirit of love tomorrow.
In Our Lives as Sisters of The Holy Redeemer . ..
In what ways can we claim to accept Jesus’ invitation to come and rest; to accept with humility our need and the needs of others for help carrying the load?
This past week one of our Sisters began a special week-long program with others like herself as they prepare for their Final Vows. Such a commitment is surely strengthened by prayer and in community with others.
Other Sisters enjoyed some vacation time in the midst of the summer season.
Our General Superior from Germany arrived to be with us for the week. While it is her annual visit we also make sure she has time for rest and renewal.
On the 4th of July we prayed for peace around the world during Mass and then we gathered in community with our Redeemer Associates and neighbors to celebrate and live the gift of peace.
We welcomed a woman who stayed with us for a week long retreat. It is a gift to have someone nourished with rest and prayer among us.
In Your Life. . .
For your reflection:
How do you respond to Jesus’ invitation to come to him and find rest in the midst of your responsibilities?
How might Jesus be inviting you to alleviate any burdens you or another may be carrying?
Blessings on your week!