14th Sunday in Ordinary Time

03 July 2011

Today’s Readings: Zec 9:9-10/Rom 8:9, 11-13/Mt 11:25-30

During the time of Jesus, the Jews were obliged to obey laws and strictly observe many rules. To many of those Jews, the legalities and the religious obligations posed a heavy burden. Jesus came to them with his new teachings, new ways and new views. St. Matthew presented Jesus in his gospel as the new Moses or the new lawgiver who says “Come to me…I will give you rest…my burden is light.” In following the Lord, the Christian is expected to live by the Word of God and to spread the Gospel by living the values of the Kingdom like peace and justice. Christianity is embodying love of God and of neighbor and so it is a yoke of love that is easy and sweet to carry. Let us not hesitate to live and love as Jesus lived and loved for the Lord accompanies us and carries the burden with us.

Lord Jesus, many things around remind us that we are not alone, you are always with us. Make our faith strong; let us feel your comforting presence. When we are becoming weak and about to give up, let us hear your voice telling us “Come to me.” Amen.

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