July 9, 2017 - 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A
Saint Martin de Tours Catholic Church
We go looking for secret knowledge all the time. We want to know if there are really some secret gospels that hold the key to happiness.
We go searching for the fountain of youth. Will this product or that one really make me look younger or feel better?
We want that special diet pill that will make us lose weight fast or that special powder that will make our muscles grow bigger.
But those things are always too good to be true, aren’t they?
Jesus says take my yoke and learn from me. Jesus wants to teach us how to find happiness in this life and in the life to come. There are two parts to this. Take my yoke and learn from me.
First, take my yoke. Jesus’ yoke may be easy, but it is still a yoke. A yoke is used to make a plow animal go where you want it to go.
Taking Jesus’ yoke means going where Jesus wants us to go, and doing what Jesus wants us to do, and living like Jesus wants us to live.
Second, learn from me. What lesson does Jesus want to teach us. We read from our sacred scripture week after week searching for the lessons Jesus wants to teach us.
In the first reading this weekend the prophet Zechariah says that the Savior is meek, riding on a donkey.
Riding on a donkey is nothing fancy, no chariot, no horse drawn carriage. Riding on a donkey is humble and simple.
Zechariah goes on to say that this simplicity brings about peace and joy.
Jesus in the Gospel says that knowledge of God is revealed to little ones, the childlike, those who are meek and humble.
Little ones see and experience everything as if for the first time. There is wonder and awe in their eyes as they look at creation.
Saint Paul says they are filled with the Spirit of God, and the Spirit of God brings joy and peace.
Our lives are complex and we are too proud. We need to learn to be meek and humble of heart. We need to learn to be more simple. This simplicity would lead to greater joy and peace in our hearts.
Can we begin to uncomplicate our lives? We need to learn to be meek and humble of heart. We need to learn to be more simple. This simplicity would lead to greater joy and peace in our lives.
The prophet Zechariah says that our Savior comes to us simple and meek and humble bringing peace and joy.
Our Savior comes saying take my yoke and learn from me. My yoke is easy and my burden is light. Learn from me and you will find rest for yourselves.