Sunday 5 July 2020

About Today Readings

14th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Zechariah 9:9-10. I will praise your name forever, my king and my God – Psalm 144(145):1-2, 8-11, 13-14. Romans 8:9, 11-13. Matthew 11:25-30.

‘See now, your king comes humbly to you’

How I would love to see our political leaders riding into town on a donkey. Everything about how Jesus did things was informed by humility, and this prophecy of Zechariah expresses it beautifully. No wonder the people rejoiced to see such a king, triumphant and victorious, ‘but humble and riding on a donkey.’ It causes me to reflect on the many donkey rides I perhaps need to take in my life, or the times I need to climb down off my horse. Lord, you are my king. Keep me true to my origins.

In Matthew, Jesus calls all who are overburdened to take their rest. When one is tired and overwhelmed with the demands of life, Jesus’ yoke does not seem easy or his load light. But I have learned over time, that when it all gets too much, we hand it over, we surrender to Jesus and we remember to live this difficulty with Jesus one moment at a time.

So, the yoke I put on is Jesus’ gentleness, Jesus’ humility and Jesus’ promise of finding rest once we have done this. Lord give me the yoke of trust in you, give me the load of remembering to surrender, and help me to find rest in you.

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