Sunday Sermon 5th July2020

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.

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