TCC Sunday Reading Reflection: July 9, 2017

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July 9, 2017

Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

ZEC 9:9-10   PS 145:1-2, 8-9, 10-11, 13-14   ROM 8:9, 11-13   MT 11:25-30

“Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart; and you will find rest for yourselves.”

Hang on a sec. Being Christian isn’t easy. Being a disciple of Christ isn’t easy. How can Christ say “Take my yoke upon you…and you will find rest for yourselves”? How can He tell us “My yoke is easy and my burden is light”?

Because the world’s and flesh’s yokes are heavy with isolation, suffering, and death. Christ’s yoke brings companionship, it brings life, and provides grace to endure this Vale of Tears. As the psalm goes, though I walk through the valley of death, I will fear no evil, for the Lord is with me. Taking Christ’s yoke means He’s with us through every trial and tribulation. His yoke isn’t an escape from Life – we become yoked with Him who is Life, who sustains it. That’s why it’s easy – He abides with us and in us, as long as we remain yoked to Him.

Christ says take His yoke and learn from Him – and what we learn is, He sought to always do the Father’s will. That’s our mission, too. Meekness and humility – being “little ones”, as Jesus said – are prerequisites to discern God’s will for us. The Litany of Humility* perfectly describes attaining meekness and humility:

O Jesus meek and humble of heart, Hear me.
From the desire of being esteemed, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the desire of being loved, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the desire of being extolled, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the desire of being honored, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the desire of being praised, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the desire of being preferred to others, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the desire of being consulted, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the desire of being approved, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the fear of being humiliated, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the fear of being despised, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the fear of suffering rebukes, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the fear of being calumniated, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the fear of being forgotten, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the fear of being ridiculed, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the fear of being wronged, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the fear of being suspected, Deliver me, Jesus.

That others may be loved more than I,
   Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.
That others may be esteemed more than I,
   Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.
That in the opinion of the world, others may increase, and I may decrease,
   Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.
That others may be chosen and I set aside,
   Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.
That others may be praised and I unnoticed,
   Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.
That others may be preferred to me in everything,
   Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.
That others may become holier than I, provided that I become as holy as I should,
   Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.

That’s being yoked to Christ. That’s where we find peace and rest, no matter how difficult our circumstances may be. He’ll always be at our side, helping us along the way.

*by Rafael Cardinal Merry del Val.

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