Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Scripture Reading: Matthew 11:25-30

Last Sunday Jesus invited us to total self-surrender, today He invites us to lay down the heavy loads that prevent us from experiencing the needful rest. You may be facing seemingly impossible problems such as persistent setbacks, disappointments, discouragements and are exhausted. The good news is in the word of our Lord: “Come to me, all who labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest” (V.30).  Hear this: A brother had prostate cancer and as expected has been on medication without appreciable relief. A time came when he decided to hand over to God everything about his health and so went into very serious prayer of total surrender and commitment to God. One day, precisely on  26th August 2016, he heard a voice that said to him, “Your healing has come”. Thereafter, he noticed that there were no more pains and he was totally healed. Believers have lost their balance, and have failed to learn how to hold their peace amidst the stormy wind and battles of life. We easily lose confidence and serenity at the slightest calamity that strikes. We have failed to learn how to sing praises in prison or give thanks in tribulation.  We have failed to learn how to keep doing God’s work even in chains.  Jesus says to us, “LEARN FROM ME”. Dear friends, we do spend a lot of time in bed. But it is also true that often when we get up in the morning, we are more tired than when we went to bed. While we remain in bed, perhaps the body has its rest; but the mind doesn’t. The tensions and anxieties, the many challenges before us, the sins, the guilt and the fears remain and are not dealt with. We are so drained out and exhausted that the gift of the new day is only seen as a burden that is beyond our strength to endure.

Real rest is that which refreshes, not only the body, but the mind and soul also. This way the whole body is rested. And this is what Jesus is inviting us to: “Come to me, I will give you rest, you who are tired and overburdened.” (Matthew 11:28) Every time we feel sad, guilty and anxious, we need to go to Jesus to feel his refreshing divine presence. Then like the Psalmist, we will find our souls quieted in the arms of our God as a baby is at rest in the arms of its mother.

MASS:  GREEN Zec. 9:9-10; Ps. 145:1-2.8-9.10-11.13cd-14(R.1); Rom 8:9.11-13; Accl. Matt. 11:25; Matt. 11:25-30

Prayer Points

  1. Sing with us, “Into my life 2x, come into my life, Lord Jesus, come in to stay…”
  2. Tell Jesus about the heavy loads crushing you.
  3. Ask for mercy for the times you took your troubles to other gods.
  4. Invite Jesus into your life and family.

Exercise: Visit the Blessed Sacrament and interact with Jesus.

Meditation: Psalms 116:7