Thursday 18 July 2019

About Today Readings

Exodus 3:13-20. Psalm 104(105):1, 5, 8-9, 24-27. Matthew 11:28-30.
The Lord remembers his covenant for ever – Psalm 104(105):1, 5, 8-9, 24-27
‘Come to me … and I will give you rest.’

Before we reach these comforting words of Jesus from today’s reading, we are opened up by the readings from Exodus and the Psalms. God reveals to Moses his divine name: ‘I Am Who Am’. Moses will invoke God’s name and bring the Israelites, with God’s help, out of Egypt. Today’s psalm provides us with a potted version of the wonderful history of Israel.

All this richness is a prelude to the brief but ever so powerful message of Jesus related by Matthew. The love of Jesus for his followers leads to compassion for them. They have been weighed down and overburdened by the Law as proclaimed by the religious leaders of the day.

As Jesus encouraged them, let us all take up the yoke of Jesus. With his help, we will find it easy and the burden light. We will find rest for our souls.

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