Reflections - July 9, 2017

“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.”  Mt. 11:28-30.
 
The Church presents us with Jesus who is concerned about our needs.  Our toils and human sufferings are not foreign to the Lord.
 
In moments of pain human beings sometimes do not know where to go.  Some start drinking while others feel an “existential emptiness” that makes them ask:  Why did I come into this world just to suffer?
 
However, the Lord is not a stranger to our existential tribulations, “he assumed our human condition and became like us in all except sin”.  He only asks for our submission and obedience.
 
The Jews in Jesus’ time knew very well the submission to the law.  The requirements of the Law of Moses were somewhat overwhelming, but above all the “compliance” for the marginalized of society, women, children, sinners. They were given the same dignity of respect and love. As we see in His life, Jesus did not reject the law, but relativizes the “human traditions” against the commandment to “love your neighbor”.  “It is not what enters one’s mouth that defiles that person; but what comes out of the mouth is what defiles one.”  Mt. 15:11.  The Lord’s mercy humiliates the haughty and arrogant heart of a human being, yet it is the refuge of those that have nowhere to go and that have no hope.
 
Jesus sees us as a family of brothers and sisters who have God as a loving Father.
 
Jesus does not look down on us from the top of His power, but from our misery and our sin and invites us as baptized to allow “the tired and overwhelmed”, our neighbor, find in us the rest and understanding of Jesus.  All this we ask in the Eucharist that we will receive.  Amen.