Saturday, July 08, 2017
14th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
July 9, 2017 - 14th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
Zec 9: 9 -10 I Rom 8: 9, 11 - 13 I Mt 11: 25 - 30
1st READING: Zec 9: 9- 10
Rejoice greatly, daughter of Zion! Shout for joy, daughter of Jerusalem! For your king is coming, just and victorious, humble and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey. No more chariots in Ephraim, no more horses in Jerusalem, for he will do away with them. The warrior's bow will be broken when he dictates peace to the nations. He will reign from sea to sea, and from the River to the ends of the earth.
2nd READING: Rom 8: 9, 11 - 13
Yet your existence is not in the flesh, but in the spirit, because the Spirit of God is within you. If you did not have the Spirit of Christ, you would not belong to him.
And if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead is within you, He who raised Jesus Christ from the dead will also give life to our mortal bodies. Yes, he will do it through his Spirit who dwells within you.
Then, brothers, let us leave the flesh and no longer live according to it. If not, we will die. Rather, walking in the Spirit, let us put to death the body's deeds so that we may live.
GOSPEL READING: Mt 11: 25- 30
On that occasion Jesus said, "Father, Lord of heaven and earth, I praise you because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned and revealed them to simple people. Yes, Father, this is what pleased you.
"Everything has been entrusted to me by my Father. No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father, except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.
"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."
"Learn from me for I am gentle and humble of heart." (Mt 11: 29) I believe that this line from the Gospel reveals to you who Jesus is: Jesus, as the fullness of the revelation of God, manifests to us the God, our God, who is gentle and humble of heart. During last year's special Jubilee Year of Mercy we reflected on this great and rich reality in our spiritual lives: the unending mercy of God, which is fully revealed to us in and by Jesus through Jesus' gentleness and humility. God in Jesus is gentle in dealing with us despite our many shortcomings and limitations; God in Jesus is humble in seeking us out and bringing us back to his embrace in spite of our hardness of heart and mind. In Jesus, we experience God as sheer compassion and pure love.
Because God is compassion and love as revealed in his gentleness and humility, our God always seeks us out. Our God always journeys with us and accompanies us in all circumstances of our lives. Pope Francis in his homily in Tacloban two years ago assured us that "Jesus is Lord": Jesus as Lord stays with us, is one with us in all our pains and struggles; Jesus understands our contexts; Jesus perfectly understands our lives because Jesus is Lord.
We pray that we may have the grace to accept Jesus as truly our Lord and
God. We pray that, as we accept him as Lord, we may experience in our lives his compassion and love. We pray that we may be moresensitive to Jesus as truly gentle and humble of heart as Jesus seeks us out and journeys with us all the way.
Our Gospel reading ends with Jesus encouraging us to take his yoke upon ourselves. May we take Jesus' yoke everyday of our lives for as Jesus promises, "My yoke is good and my burden light."
WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER INTENTIONS:
BR. ANGELO DOMINIC S. PARAGAS FSC
IN MEMORIAM (†)
REI NALDO CATINDIG
Finally, we pray for one another, for those who have asked our prayers and for those who need our prayers the most.
Have a good day!
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