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Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

July 5, 2020

Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

July 5, 2020

Deacon Anthony J. Cincotta

Assistant Director for Retreat Ministry

Book of the Prophet Zechariah 9:9-10

Psalm 145

Letter of Saint Paul to the Romans 8:9, 11-13

Matthew 11:25-20


On Wednesday, June 24th the Church celebrated the Solemnity of the Nativity of John the Baptist and I was privileged to give the homily at Mass that morning.  I began by asking the question, “Have you ever considered how God speaks to you?”  I asked the question because John’s father, Zechariah, heard God’s voice through an angel.  The angel said to him, “Do not be afraid Zechariah, because your prayer has been heard.  Your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you shall name him John.”  There was no doubt about it.  Zechariah heard God speak to him directly.

My point was a simple one.  Many people never listen to God because they are not aware that He speaks to them.  Yet God does speak to us.  The challenge for us is to then learn to recognize His voice when He does speak.  If we do not know that God wishes to communicate with us, or in the manner in which He has chosen, then our passage through life will be without the perfect guide to everlasting life. 

Today, or for that matter any day, it is deeply comforting to hear the Lord Jesus speak directly to us as He says, “Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened and I will give you rest.”  This is the heart of today’s Gospel message.

So here it is Sunday and many of us will be celebrating Mass as a community.  You may have had a busy day and may feel a little “weary” but may not feel particularly “burdensome” at the moment.  But you’ve been there in the past and are likely to experience those feelings in the future.  Therefore, it is time to savor the words of Jesus today and let them seep into the inner part of your soul, “Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened and I will give you rest.”  Now you know that when the weight of worry settles down on you, you know where to go.  Jesus!

Weariness comes and goes throughout every stage of our lives.  I don’t know about you but as I grow older feeling “weary” seems to linger with me.  When weariness sets in for me I sometimes feel a bit discouraged.  I often ask myself why I can’t do the common tasks that were once so easy for me to accomplish.  Our burdens can have the same effect on us as well.  You may carry the burden of an illness, financial concerns, employment issues, and a family in crisis, issues with addictive behavior, COVID-19, unrest on the streets of our cities and especially with the death of someone dear to you.  At times the list of burdens could seem endless.  As a result when you add it all up, the weariness and burdens a person has could result in a life of deep despair.

Where then do we receive comfort and relief from all that confronts us in our life as those burdens mount and feel unmanageable?  We go to prayer – we go to Jesus!  We especially go to Him in the Sacrament of Reconciliation and in the reception of the Holy Eucharist, the Source and Summit of our faith.

 Sisters and brothers we must never yield to the temptation that tries to convince us that we are alone or left to suffer alone.  We all have reliable support, a true and powerful friend in the one who says to us today, “Come to me all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest.”  Jesus will shore us up; He will provide light and guidance and will always show us the way.

Open your heart to Jesus.  Walk every day yoked to the Lord in prayer and meet Him in the Eucharist and never be afraid to hear His voice.  Simply listen to His invitation, “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.”  Thank you Lord, we hear you loud and clear.

Question of the Day:  How will you learn to hear the voice of Jesus when you are in a time of need?

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, help me to hear Your voice when You speak to me.  Grant that I may always answer with joy.  Amen. 

Please continue to pray for the victims of the Coronavirus and for all who are affected by this unprecedented pandemic as well as for peace in our county and in our world.


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