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).

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