Matthew 11:25-30

Fr Joe has written this short reflection on today’s Gospel.

In today’s Gospel, Jesus prays a thanksgiving prayer to His Father. We can see immediately the intimacy between the Father and the Son and that their shared knowledge confirms their shared divine nature.

“I bless Father, Lord of heaven and earth for hiding these things from the learned and clever and revealing them to mere children”. God’s wisdom is very much unlike the wisdom of the world. God’s wisdom eludes those who solely rely on their own subjective judgements. God’s wisdom comes to us when we humble ourselves before him in total obedience and in a spirit of surrender. God is prepared then to share His gift of wisdom when we have the proper disposition towards Him.

“Come to me, all you who labour and are overburdened, and I will give you rest”. Jesus has already remarked in Matthew’s Gospel that the people are like sheep without a shepherd. Their leaders, the pharisees and scribes have placed unnecessary burdens upon them, which leave them without peace. Jesus promises not just an earthly rest but a heavenly rest.

Only the Gospel of Jesus can satisfy our thirst for justice and truth. In Jesus we will find the remedies against the things that crush and oppress us. Jesus calls on us to unburden ourselves before Him, to give Him our afflictions and torments. He will nourish us through His sacraments and refresh us through our prayers. His yoke, His commandments do not enslave us but give us a new freedom. “Yes, my yoke is easy, my burden light”.

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