Ps 105:1 & 5, 8-9, 24-25, 26-27
The Lord remembers his covenant for ever.
15TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME
Psalter: Week 3 / (Green/White)
Our Lady of Mount Carmel
1st Reading: Ex 3:13-20
Moses answered God, “If I go to the Israelites and say to them: ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ they will ask me: ‘What is his name?’ What shall I answer them?”
God said to Moses, “I AM WHO AM. This is what you will say to the sons of Israel: ‘I AM sent me to you.” God then said to Moses, “You will say to the Israelites: ‘YAHWEH, the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob, has sent me.’ That will be my name forever, and by this name they shall call upon me for all generations to come.
Go! Call together the elders of Israel and say to them, ‘Yahweh, the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob appeared to me and said: I have seen and taken account of how the Egyptians have treated you, and I mean to bring you out of all this oppression in Egypt and take you to the land of the Canaanites, a land flowing with milk and honey.’
The elders of Israel will listen to you and, with them, you shall go to the palace of the king of Egypt and say to him: ‘The God of the Hebrews, Yahweh, has met with us. Now let us go a three days’ journey into the wilderness to sacrifice to Yahweh our God.’
I well know that the king of the Egyptians will not allow you to go unless he is forced to do so. I will therefore stretch out my hand and strike Egypt in extraordinary ways, after which he will let you go.
Gospel: Mt 11:28-30
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble of heart; and you will ?nd rest. For my yoke is easy; and my burden is light.”
In this modern, hectic, complicated and haste-addicted world (think only of this new phenomenon called “multi-tasking”!), it is very easy to lose one’s peace of mind and begin to panic under the pressure of our many obligations and commitments. Those who have what has been called the “Type A Personality,” (translate: the doers, the earthshakers, the perfectionists, the competitive high-achievers) are easily victimized by their desire to “please everyone in every way” (1 Cor 10:33)—surely an impossible task for the ordinary person—and end up being psychologically all tied up in knots.
In today’s gospel reading, Jesus reveals to us a priceless insight, nay, more than that. He gives us a principle of spiritual discernment which should be a source of liberation for all his overly zealous followers: “My burden is light.” If you feel that Christian life has become a joyless round of duties, a tedious grind, a drag, a drudgery—then something is wrong. A lot, if the weight pulling you down, does not come from your Christian duties because “my burden is light.” Maybe it is time for you to drop a few items from your bursting-at-the-seams agenda?
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