Cycle A 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time

 Zech. 9:9-10; Rom: 8:9, 11-13; Mt. 11:25-30

Dear brothers and sisters,

Today’s, Gospel passage shares with us a message of hope and comfort.  Jesus invites us to come to Him and find rest. He says, "Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest."

In a world that often feels relentless and demanding, where the pressures and responsibilities of life can weigh us down, these words from Jesus gives great relief to our tired hearts. 

Once in a bustling city, there lived a young man named David. David was an ambitious individual who tirelessly pursued success in his career. He had achieved great heights, but as the years went by, the weight of his achievements began to burden him. He felt restless and empty, despite all his worldly accomplishments.

One day, as David was walking through a park, he noticed an elderly man sitting on a bench, radiating peace and contentment. Intrigued, David approached him and asked, "Sir, how is it that you seem so at peace while the world around us is in chaos?"

The old man smiled and said, "Young man, I have learned a valuable lesson in life. I have realized that true rest comes not from pursuing external achievements, but from surrendering our burdens to a higher power. I have found solace and peace in my relationship with the Divine."

David was taken aback. He had never considered seeking solace in spirituality, but he was intrigued by the old man's words. He asked, "Which divine power do you speak of? 

The elderly man replied, " My friend. The path to rest and peace exists in all faith and traditions. In the Bhagavad Gita, Lord Krishna says, 'Surrender to Me, and I shall liberate you from all sins and the bondage of worldly existence.' And in the Qur'an, it is written, 'Verily, in the remembrance of Allah do hearts find rest.'" And Jesus said, “Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.”

David listened intently, realizing that the concept of surrendering his burdens was universal. He began to explore various spiritual traditions, seeking solace and rest for his weary soul. As he delved into the teachings of great men, he discovered a common thread—the call to surrender, to lay down our burdens before a higher power.

In his journey, David realized that true rest is about entrusting his burdens to a loving and compassionate God who could carry them far better than he ever could.

My dear friends, like David, we too are called to lay down our burdens at the feet of Jesus, to seek solace and rest in Him. In the contemporary world, we are bombarded with constant demands—work, relationships, financial pressures, and the ever-present noise of technology. It is easy to become overwhelmed, to feel lost and weary.

But let us remember the words of Jesus: "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."

Yoke is a wooden frame that joins two animals together, enabling them to work in harmony and pull a load. In the agricultural societies of Jesus' time, the yoke was a familiar symbol of labor and partnership. When Jesus speaks of taking His yoke upon us, He is inviting us to enter into a partnership with Him, to share in His work and to walk alongside Him.

In a world that often values self-sufficiency and independence, Jesus' call to take His yoke upon us challenges us to let go of our pride and self-reliance. It invites us to trust in His wisdom and guidance, to rely on His strength rather than our own. It is an invitation to cultivate a meek and humble heart, recognizing that our true worth lies not in what we achieve, but in our relationship with Him.

In this simple yet profound invitation, Jesus beckons us to come to Him, to find rest and peace for our souls. He reminds us that true rest is not found in the pursuit of worldly success alone, but in a relationship with Him—a relationship of trust, surrender, and love.