14th Sunday in Ordinary Time: Bulletin cover and column

July 9

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Dear Believers in the Compassionate One,

Today’s gospel has to be on your summer reading list. In fact, if this is the only gospel you read all year, it will probably bubble up enough grace to last you for the rest of the year. Don’t just listen to my recommendation; read it for yourself.

Here it is: Matthew 11:25-30. I cannot imagine how you will feel when you read this. It is deeply challenging, but it goes even deeper into consolation and satisfaction. Jesus acknowledges how gosh darn stubborn we are!

We so often think we have the bull by the horns. We think we have a plan for our lives if we are just left alone to accomplish it. We think we carry wisdom easier than a sack of potatoes home from the grocery. We think wisdom is bottled up in technology, ego and our education. Sometimes we think if we plan well enough, outline specifically enough and make more lists, we can find a protective layer of “self” and that should be sufficient wisdom. Wrong again.

Jesus says that kids have more sense than we do. He says once again that wisdom is often innocent and raw. Wisdom is seeing, really seeing. I mean really, really seeing as Jesus does. This takes lots of prayer time and more unwinding than an old clock. To be wise is to undo so much of what we have been told. Wisdom bears its beauty in our humility, kindness and gratitude. Gosh, I pray for wisdom every day.

So Jesus invites us to himself. He shoulders all the weight of our mistakes. He bears the brunt of our broken hearts. Jesus carries our trash out to the dumpster. He desperately wants our burdens. Holy cow, imagine that! He wants you. He desires you. He wants our community and the Church to rest in his heart. If you read this gospel and are not changed, I am not sure what is wrong!

Did you really read this? “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…” I’m not sure about you, but I know that I accumulate a lot of burden in my heart. Where should I go with it all? My heart tells me it is in these words.

Resting in Jesus’ treasure house of love is so often seen by most people as soft. Well, in this hardened world, I am not sure where else to go. If you are facing depression and anxiety, try Jesus’ medicinal heart. If you are missing love in your marriage, turn to Him before you end the entire relationship. If you cannot find peace, then sip tea with Jesus in your prayer time. If you are facing surgery or illness, rest your burden at Jesus’ feet. If you cannot sleep at night, discover the remedy of his humble heart.

If there is one gospel to read this summer, find rest for yourselves in these words of Jesus today.

Blessings,

Fr. Ron

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