11th of December

Publié le 10 Décembre 2019

Gospel text

(Mt 11,28-30): 

Jesus said, «Come to me, all you who work hard and who carry heavy burdens and I will refresh you. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me for I am gentle and humble of heart; and you will find rest. For my yoke is good and my burden is light».

The Application

Jesus is inviting us to leave to Him all our burdens and carry what He is carrying, because, what He carries is good and light. Thus He is telling us that all that we carry in our personal, spiritual and social life is something we can’t carry by ourselves, or we have taken it upon ourselves which could be carried by others, or we are carrying lots of sins and they need to be purified. Whatever may be our state of life, it is important that we realize the unnecessary burdens we carry and learn to lighten them.

The way that Jesus proposes to lighten everything is, to become His disciples. Since He is humble and gentle, we can count on Him. It is in Him that we will find the rest. Since His Father has sent Him amidst us,  we can understand how much His Father loves us and wishes that we all be with Him.

Being a disciple means that we know Jesus, love Him and be convinced of His teaching. Being disciples is, doing what the Master asks of us,  to be with the Mather, in spirit and in truth, to remain always connected to the Mater and at the end, it is to be a perfect representation of the Master in this world.

Action of the Day: Be a disciple of the Lord.  

 

Daily Quote from the early church fathers

-by an anonymous early author from the Greek Church

"'My yoke is easy and my burden light.' ... The prophet says this about the burden of sinners: 'Because my iniquities lie on top of my head, so they have also placed a heavy burden on me' (Psalm 38:4)' ...'Place my yoke upon you, and learn from me that I am gentle and humble of heart.' Oh, what a very pleasing weight that strengthens even more those who carry it! For the weight of earthly masters gradually destroys the strength of their servants, but the weight of Christ rather helps the one who bears it, because we do not bear grace; grace bears us. It is not for us to help grace, but rather grace has been given to aid us.' (excerpt from INCOMPLETE WORK ON MATTHEW, HOMILY, the Greek fathers).

 

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