Reading 1 Zec 9:9-10, Responsorial Psalm Ps 145:1-2, 8-9, 10-11, 13-14, Reading 2 ROM 8:9, 11-13, Gospel Mt 11:25-30
“Come to me, all you who labour 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.” This is an invitation of the Lord on this fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time. Jesus is meek and humble of heart, blessed are the humble of heart for they are Jesus like. The humble of heart is always thirsty of the word of God, but the haughty thinks that he knows everything and is not open to the teachings of Jesus.
Thus, in the Gospel, Jesus says “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.” Here, Jesus does not want to praise intellectual laziness and ignorance at the expense of science and knowledge. Indeed, intellectuals contributed to the spread of the Gospel through their writings. The Christian community is made of people from different backgrounds in terms of intellectual education and wealth. It is normal!
By calling us to be humble of heart, Jesus wants us to become women and men who listen to the Word of God and conform their lives to the teachings of the Gospel. To be able to do that does not require intellectual education, we become humble of heart “if by the Spirit we put to death the deeds of the body.” Hence, we will be responding to today’s Lord’s invitation.
However, to respond to the Lord’s invitation does not make our lives painless. When He calls us, Jesus is realistic and sincere with us. He does not say that we will not have a cross to bear. With Jesus, we must bear the cross of love: the love of God and the love of our brothers and sisters. That cross is light because Jesus bears it with us.
May the blessed Mother of Jesus, who constantly listened to the word of God, pray for us.
In those few lines, I hope to have shared with you what I heard from the homily from the 6:30 AM Mass of July 5, 2020 celebrated by Father Jean Bernard Mazuru, Isch. Note that the preacher of the day was Reverend Alain Amani.