TAKE MY YOKE UPON YOU AND LEARN FROM ME FOR I AM MEEK AND HUMBLE OF HEARTThis Sunday
, we are reminded that Jesus comes to us not in might and grandeur, but meekly riding on the foal of an ass, in peace and humility.
In our first reading (Zechariah 9:9-10)
, we hear a Jewish prophesy of a future time when our King would come as our savior; not as a military ruler but meek and humble, riding on a donkey, coming in peace, yet banishing instruments of war.
Thus says the LORD: Rejoice heartily, O daughter Zion, shout for joy, O daughter Jerusalem! See, your king shall come to you; a just savior is he, meek, and riding on an ass, on a colt, the foal of an ass. He shall banish the chariot from Ephraim, and the horse from Jerusalem; the warrior's bow shall be banished, and he shall proclaim peace to the nations. His dominion shall be from sea to sea, and from the River to the ends of the earth.
In our Gospel reading (Matthew 25:30)
, Jesus thanked the Father for the things he has revealed to his "little ones", his followers, and then offered them his peace and his rest - for those who come to him.
At that time Jesus exclaimed: "I give praise to you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, for although you have hidden these things from the wise and the learned you have revealed them to little ones. Yes, Father, such has been your gracious will. All things have been handed over to me by my Father. No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son wishes to reveal him."
"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."
In our Epistle reading (Romans 8:9, 11-13)
, St. Paul tells us that we, who find rest in Jesus, are not in the flesh, but live in the Spirit.
Brothers and sisters: You are not in the flesh; on the contrary, you are in the spirit, if only the Spirit of God dwells in you. Whoever does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him. If the Spirit of the one who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, the one who raised Christ from the dead will give life to your mortal bodies also, through his Spirit that dwells in you. Consequently, brothers and sisters, we are not debtors to the flesh, to live according to the flesh. For if you live according to the flesh, you will die, but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live.
A message for us today might be that we who are burdened need only to come to Jesus, surrender what burdens us to Jesus, and take rest in his peace and humility. It is a message for today's troubled times as well as for our eternal life with Jesus.
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