Come to Me
Jul 3, 2017
Gospel Reflection, Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A
Zechariah 9:9-10; Romans 8:9, 11-13; Matthew 11:25-30
Come to Me
Today’s gospel is a very beautiful and precious passage of the bible. “Come to me all you who labor and are burdened…” Jesus says. He allows us a deep look into his innermost heart and shows what moves him.
Immediately preceding this passage, Jesus laments about the unbelief of many who saw so many signs and wonders from him and nevertheless questioned his authority and what he was saying. As much as this ingratitude pains him, he also finds reason for joy. He begins to pray loudly in front of everyone. His words let us sense who the source is from which he draws his power. The fundamental basis of his life is the one whom he calls “Father, Lord of heaven and earth.” We get a glimpse of the great union and love between the Son and the Father and how this union is a great source of joy, strength and love in spite of the opposition around him.
Jesus says, “No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and any one to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.” We are invited into this great communion when we come to him when we labor and are burdened. He comes to the simple, the upright, the small and the despised whose hearts rise when they meet Jesus.
It has been said that Padre Pio celebrated Mass in such a way that it was obvious to all that it was no mere external ritual. Rather, it was a great moment of meeting God, resting in God and celebrating His love with joy. Seven million people per year make a pilgrimage to his tomb and perhaps it is his absolute closeness to God that makes him so attractive to people.
Jesus calls out 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 gentle and humble of heart…” Let us always heed this call and entrust our lives to him, placing nothing before him. May we find our rest in Him always, in order that it give us strength.