09 Jul Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Dear OLPH Family and Friends,
During the Sermon on the Mount Jesus gave us the Beatitudes. Most of us are familiar with the Beatitudes and sadly the majority of us think that was the end of “the Sermon”. Essentially the Beatitudes speak, not so much as to what is expected of us, as they speak of the types of people who know their dependence must be on God. Subsequent to “the Sermon,” Jesus began to teach the Apostles what would be necessary if they were to be successful in taking up His Mission. Our readings for this Sunday speak of dependence on God as an essential way of life.
Jesus, during His active ministry lived His life utterly dependent on divine providence. He emphasized this dependence to His disciples before He sent them out to preach in His name. Jesus recognized this type of dependence in “the little ones.” Culturally, children were totally ignored. Jesus knew that they were the ones closest to God. They knew they were dependent for everything in their lives. They saw in Jesus a source of the same grace they had relied on all their short lives. The wise and the learned had forgotten the lessons of dependence. Jesus’ action perplexed and troubled them. Something in their education caused them to lose sight of their dependence on God. They felt they could do it on their own. The wise and learned were able to talk about God more easily than they could recognize the action of God in their lives.
The yoke that Matthew speaks about symbolizes the burden of servitude. However, Jesus promises a “yoke of rest.” Matthew understands a life dependent on God to be a life of freedom. Jesus offers the same yoke that He wears. Like most yokes, it has two collars to distribute the load. The disciples quickly learned that Jesus did all the heavy lifting. His is a yoke of rest.
I know this all sounds very nice in theory. However, perhaps we can at least try to let go and let God work in our lives. May we be meek and humble as was Jesus!