14th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Zechariah 9: 9-10; Romans 8: 9, 11-13;
Matthew 11: 25-30
In the Gospel, Jesus offers the gift of friendship. During His prayer to His heavenly Father, He even gives us a mention – we, and the whole Church, are the ones to whom the truth ,,of the Trinity has been revealed. This is because Jesus as made us His friends – “I call you friends, because I have made known to you everything I have learned from My Father.” By the gift of the Holy Spirit, we are given a childlike attitude of trust and acceptance needed in order to transform us by Christ’s teaching. The love of Father, Son and Holy Spirit is opened up to us, and we are invited to take part in it, to become part of it.
The key word in Jesus’ prayer is “learn.” He asks us to play our part when He teaches us. He asks us to listen and hear the teaching which He gives us – His teaching about the Father and the Spirit, about Himself, about the Sacraments, His resurrection and eternal life. But He also calls us to put this teaching into practice by placing His yoke on our shoulders. Normally, that wouldn’t be a very attractive option, because it implies labour and slavery. But Christ’s yoke is is light, because the gift of the Spirit moves us to enjoy carrying out God’s will, even though we fail at times.
The yoke which Jesus asks us to take on is easy, and its burden light because His commandments aren’t complicated or burdensome. He simply asks us to love God, and to love our neighbour as ourselves. By doing this, we follow Him, we are loving as Christ loved us, and we know that when we try to do so, He will always be there to help us. So compared to the complicated and constant requirements of the Old Testament Law, His yoke is very light and through being “yoked” to Christ, we can begin a friendship with God which will eventually lead to eternal life.