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Homilies :: Latin Rite
Thursday of the 15th Week in Ordinary Time Download This Homily

July 19, 2018

Thursday of the 15th Week in Ordinary Time


 Exodus 3:13-20 ;

Psalm 105:1, 5, 8-9, 24-27;

Gospel MT 11:28-30


Jesus said:
"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."

 

Take My Yoke

 

In Today’s Gospel Jesus gives an invitation to all who are weary and are heavy laden to come to him. Remember that Jesus had condemned the Pharisees and teachers of the law for imposing heavy burdens on the ordinary people.  The religion of the Pharisees was a religion of rules and regulations. They wanted to impose their religious rules and regulations (600 of them) on others.  Religion then became a weight and burden to be loaded onto one’s shoulders.


Jesus says, ‘take my yoke upon you’. There is an implied contrast between the yoke of Jesus and the yoke of the Pharisees. The word, “yoke,” symbolizes religion. The religion of the Pharisees was hundreds of rules and regulations which essentially said, “No, no, no, no, no” to everything. Whereas the religion of Jesus was simple and positive. It was all about loving God and loving neighbor. Love makes everything possible.


Once a young lean boy was carrying on his back a bigger boy who was crippled.  Seeing this, a gentleman exclaimed, “That's a heavy load you are carrying there”.  The young lad replied, “He isn't a heavy load; he's my brother”.


No burden is too heavy when it's given in love and carried in love. Jesus says take my yoke and learn from me. It is as if Jesus is saying: “Take my teachings, take my life, take my spirit, take my way of life and learn from me instead of learning from the Pharisees and their religious interpretations and religious legalisms.”We are all to learn from Jesus. Jesus is our teacher and we are his students or disciples. We are to learn the way he lived his faith in his Father, we have to learn his gentleness and humility, love and forgiveness, faith and trust in the goodness of God.  We have to learn from Jesus, how to love our heavenly Father and also learning how to love our neighbor as ourselves. When we yoke our lives with Jesus, he also carries our burdens with us and gives us his strength to follow in his way of love.


Fr. Cyril Kuttiyanikkal CMI


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