Gospel Reflection July 9 – Msgr. Hendricks

Sunday, July 9

Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Matthew 11: 25 – 30


At that time Jesus exclaimed:
“I give praise to you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth,
for although you have hidden these things
from the wise and the learned
you have revealed them to little ones.
Yes, Father, such has been your gracious will.
All things have been handed over to me by my Father.
No one knows the Son except the Father,
and no one knows the Father except the Son
and anyone to whom the Son wishes to reveal him.”

“Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened,
and I will give you rest.
Take my yoke upon you and learn from me,
for I am meek and humble of heart;
and you will find rest for yourselves.
For my yoke is easy, and my burden light.”

Jesus speaks of two things in the gospel today, the little ones who share in the wisdom and knowledge of God, and the yoke which as disciples of Jesus we are asked to bear.

Contrary to the wisdom of the world, it is the little ones, meaning those who accept the words and deeds of Jesus who are exalted as opposed to the puffed up wise and clever who only parrot his words.

The second image of the yoke which is normally a cross bar that ties two animals to servitude is used here as a yoke of rest meaning the other party tied with us is Jesus himself who when walking in harmony with Him gives us freedom and rest.

Reflect on your journey today with Jesus and pray to qualify by His grace as a partner yoked to Him and become His companion going down the road.

Monsignor Hendricks