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Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time - Cycle A
July 6, 2014
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First Reading:Zechariah 9:9-10
Second Reading: Romans 8:9,11-13Gospel Reading: Matthew 11:25-30
- Right before this Sunday’s Gospel, Jesus has just spoken about the imprisoned John the Baptist (11:1-19), and condemned the unrepentant towns that would not heed his message (11:20-24). This in spite of the many miracles he had performed there.
- Now Jesus prays to God, his Father, in praise and thanksgiving that, even though the Gospel is rejected by those who are considered the mighty and educated in the world, it’s message is embraced by the childlike (literally, “infants”) who are open to it. This is due entirely to the generous initiative of the Father (verse 26).
- In language reminiscent of St. John’s Gospel (John 3:35; 10:14-15; 17:25), Jesus describes the unique intimacy that he has with his Father. We catch glimpses here of that great mystery that is the Holy Trinity (verse 27).
- Finally, Jesus invites his listeners who are weighed down by the impossible demands of the Jewish law with its heavy prescriptions (Matthew 23:4; Acts 15:10) to take upon them his yoke, which they will find light, and under which they will find rest. The yoke of Jesus is one of love and obedience, under which we also will find our heavenly rest (Jeremiah 6:16; Hebrews 4:1-11).
- In the 1st Reading in which the prophet announces the coming of the Messiah, what were the characteristics of the Messiah to be? How might that contrast with the image some might have of a solely conquering-type Messiah?
- In the 2nd Reading, what does it mean to live in “the flesh”? In “the Spirit”? What should mark the life of one who is living in the Spirit?
- Why is the gospel hidden from the “wise and the learned”? Who truly knows God?
- What does Jesus mean by taking up his “yoke”? By the “rest” he promises those who do?
- How are you like the “wise and learned”? Like the “childlike”? Which should you be?
- What is the difference between the yoke Jesus’ listeners are suffering under and the yoke he offers? Between your yoke and his?
- Is Jesus’ yoke resting lightly on you or are you struggling to get out from under it?
Catechism of the Catholic Church: §§ 2603, 544, 2785, 151, 459
Every Christian should make Christ present among men. He ought to act in such a way that those who know Him sense `the aroma of Christ' (cf. 2 Corinthians 2:15). Men should be able to recognize the Master in His disciples. --St Josemaria Escriva
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