Does Life Sometimes Get Us Down?

Clergy Corner by Fr. David A. Runnion

Clergy Corner for July 9, 2017, Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Zechariah 9:9-10; Psalm 145:1-2, 8-14; Romans 8:9, 11-13; Matthew 11:25-30
 


When life gets us down, the Lord Jesus says to us,

Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest. 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 (Mt 11:28).

Jesus Christ is the long-prophesied King Who came into the world to save it and set it free. Taking on our human nature, He knows, in every way, how the difficulties of life in this fallen world can weigh upon us. But, with His advent, those who come to Him will never be the same.

The Eternal Word, the Almighty Lord and God of all the Universe, came humbly and meekly to earth. Jesus was born a babe in Bethlehem's stable. He lived a poor life in obscurity. Then He spent the last years of His brief life teaching and calling all men back to God, showing the way and being the Way. His Death and Resurrection were the crowning events of His saving sacrifice to redeem humanity.

Now, by – and only by – coming to Christ everyone has the opportunity to be reunited with God and to experience the peace that passes understanding (see Mt 11:27; Php 4:7).

There are two stages of coming to Christ: Initial conversion to Christianity through faith in Christ and Baptism; then, following and trusting Him daily as a disciple who seeks to live in and for Him.

When we follow Christ – “take His yoke” upon us, instead of struggling under our own approach to life – He carries the weight of the burdens and gives us His refreshment and rejuvenation. He wants to lift our burdens. As St. Peter, says, “Cast all your cares upon him because he cares for you” (1 Ptr 5:7).

Let us come to Christ daily and exchange our burdens for His will, then imitate our meek and humble Lord by trusting and following His divine plan for our life.

“The Word became flesh to make us partakers of the divine nature: For this is why the Word became man, and the Son of God became the Son of man: so that man, by entering into communion with the Word and thus receiving divine sonship, might become a son of God” (CCC 460, internal quotes omitted).

Tags: Fr. Runnion, Clergy Corner
 

Clergy Corner & Homilies

Blog Thumbnail

Read our Clergy Corner and Homilies blog.


Recent

INNER MIRROR

Saturday, July 21, 2018
An interior decorator will always say if you want to create the illusion of more space, use mirrors; they will definitely open up the place.... Read More

SCRIPTURAL COUPONS

Saturday, July 7, 2018
Our present day way of life finds a commercial phenomenon -- Offering of Coupons -- an opportunity for financial benefit as well as calling... Read More

IT GOES ON!

Friday, June 22, 2018
A poet said: “in three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on.”  As I read these three words by... Read More

ARE WE ‘WHOLLY’ CATHOLIC?

Friday, June 8, 2018
The original source and meaning of the English word “Catholic” is found in Saint Ignatius of Antioch’s Letter to the ... Read More

GOD’S MOST SPECIAL GIFT TO WOMEN: MOTHERLINESS

Sunday, May 13, 2018
Today, throughout our country there is the celebration of Mothers’ Day. But those who should ALSO be celebrating this Mothers’ Day are... Read More

THE RESURRECTION OF CHRIST: FACT OR FICTION?

Friday, April 13, 2018
Jesus declared: “I am the Resurrection and the life...” (John 11:25) (and He) opened their minds to understand the Scriptures that it... Read More

PREPARATION FOR THE JOY TO COME

Saturday, March 17, 2018
In a few days, we will be celebrating Palm Sunday, which ushers in the final week of Lent and the Sacred Paschal Triduum -- Holy Thursday, Good... Read More

TO WHOM ARE YOU LISTENING?

Friday, February 16, 2018
The Gospel for the First Sunday of Lent presents us with an experience common to all of us -- temptation, which Jesus reveals as “being put... Read More

Reverence in Church

Friday, February 2, 2018
Clergy Corner for February 4, 2018, Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time Job 7:1-4, 6-7; Psalm 147:1-6; 1 Corinthians 9:16-19, 22-23; Mark 1:29-39... Read More

FROM A TIME OF MERCY AND GRACE -- TO LIFE

Saturday, January 20, 2018
“Father, Forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing” (Luke 23:34). From the earliest days of my studies for the priesthood,... Read More

Jesus Is Revealed to the Nations

Friday, January 5, 2018
Clergy Corner for January 7, 2018, The Epiphany of the Lord Isaiah 60:1-6; Psalm 72:1-2,7-8,10-13; Ephesians 3:2-3a,5-6; Matthew 2:1-12 On The... Read More

TEMPORAL FAMILY TO ETERNAL FAMILY

Sunday, December 31, 2017
The term “Family” has many analogues. There is “Family” found in the grouping “Americans as simply Citizens;”... Read More

Prepare the Way of the LORD!

Saturday, December 9, 2017
Clergy Corner for December 10, 2017, 2d Sunday of Advent Isaiah 40:1-5, 9-11; 64:2-7; Psalm 85:9-14; 2 Peter 3:8-14; Mark 1:1-8 A voice cries out... Read More

Wisdom Is Seeing Things from God's Perspective

Saturday, November 11, 2017
Clergy Corner for November 12, 2017, 32d Sunday in Ordinary Time Wis 6:12-16; Psalm 63:2-8; 1 Thess 4:13-18; Mt 25:1-13 Who among us does not... Read More

Is God Unfair?

Saturday, September 30, 2017
26th Sunday in Ordinary Time Ezk 18:25-28, Ps 25:4-9, Php 2:1-11, Mt 21:28-32 Does life sometimes seem unfair? If so, are we tempted to think... Read More

Online Giving

Online Giving

Secure and Convenient Donate now!