Fourteenth Sunday In Ordinary Time, July 6, 2008

Zechariah 9: 9 - 10

Romans 8: 9, 11 - 13

Matthew 11: 25 - 30


Word of Explanation:

Verses 28-30 of Chapter 11 are particular to Matthew. Jesus' call to follow Him, to seek the Kingdom and its justice before all else, requires certain renunciations and efforts. But Jesus reminds us that we cant truly respond to this call without the grace of God. As he says (19, 26), "For men it is impossible but everything is possible for God."


Jesus exults and rejoices interiorly with an emotion that he can barely contain. He addresses his Father and proclaims his praise. It is a sons exclamation: "Father," the recognition of Gods paternity of the whole Universe: Lord of heaven and earth. He exults because the Father reveals himself to little ones. He rejoices because humans recognize that they receive from God their life and being, recognize their need of being children. Only the little ones can receive the revelation of their divine filiation. For being a child means accepting dependence and limitation without living them as a lack or an infringement of their integrity.

The Father reveals our filiation to us through the Sons. He lived his entire existence in fully living this human dimension of filial dependence. It is an invitation for us to accept fully our relationship to the Father. This relationship leads us to accept our limitations and to recognize that we receive all from God. Perhaps spiritual maturity is the acceptance of this limitation and the ability to find our strength therein. It means believing in the love of God, welcoming oneself as the gift of God. It means being able to call out to God Father having confidence in God and finding our liberty there, leaving behind the bondage of fear and death.

Jesus' call to follow Him, to seek the Kingdom and its justice before all else, requires effort and sacrifice, but reminds us that we find the grace to do so in God. As He says again: "For men it is impossible but, for God, all things are possible (19, 26)." Jesus invites those who are burdened, that is, those feeling burdened by the yoke of the Law, to come to his school and promises rest to those who take on the obligations of the Kingdom. Rest is neither acquired nor merited, it is a gift we have to accept. In the person of Jesus the Psalm is fulfilled: "The Lord upholds all those who fall, raises those bowed down."

Let us contemplate Jesus, the Son of the Father, who invites us to follow Him. Enter into an attitude of praise with simplicity, an attitude of thanks towards the One from whom we receive everything and who lovingly guides our lives.


Sr. Sophie Ramond, R.A.