14th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sunday, July 5, 2020
14th Sunday in Ordinary Time

First reading: Zec. 9:9-10

Thus says the LORD: Rejoice heartily, O daughter Zion, shout for joy, O daughter Jerusalem! See, your king shall come to you; a just savior is he, meek, and riding on an ass, on a colt, the foal of an ass. He shall banish the chariot from Ephraim, and the horse from Jerusalem; the warrior’s bow shall be banished, and he shall proclaim peace to the nations. His dominion shall be from sea to sea, and from the River to the ends of the earth.

Second reading: Rm. 8:9,11-13

Brothers and sisters: You are not in the flesh; on the contrary, you are in the spirit, if only the Spirit of God dwells in you. Whoever does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him. If the Spirit of the one who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, the one who raised Christ from the dead will give life to your mortal bodies also, through his Spirit that dwells in you. Consequently, brothers and sisters, we are not debtors to the flesh, to live according to the flesh. For if you live according to the flesh, you will die, but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live.

Gospel: Mt. 11:25-30

At that time Jesus exclaimed: “I give praise to you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, for although you have hidden these things from the wise and the learned you have revealed them to little ones. Yes, Father, such has been your gracious will. All things have been handed over to me by my Father. No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son wishes to reveal him.”

“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.”

In other words Fr. Dante Barril, SVD (Divine Word Institute for Missions Studies, Tagaytay City)

Along the corridor of a school, my single and beautiful tita overheard a conversation about her resemblance to the infamous Miss Min Chin (the famous villain in the story of Princess Sarah) and how her stature and looks intimidate young and old men alike. The very reasons according to the “voices” she heard why she was still single and already in her 40s.

The first reading today portrays Israel’s coming King as meek (humble) or gentle. In the gospel, Jesus the Messiah, in inviting those who were tired and weary to come to him, characterized himself as meek and humble of heart. We may wonder why God would choose to be meek and humble when he could have chosen to be intimidating and even scary.

My tita admits that the comment she overheard contains a grain of truth. She used to be tagged as Miss Min Chin in school. And that indeed not too many people, especially men, are comfortable being around her. Although she was quick to add, “If only they know that behind Miss Min Chin is Princess Sarah.”

God does not desire to intimidate people but instead encourages them to gravitate to him. Furthermore, one does not intimidate those who are burdened and tired but give them rest.

My tita has a Ms. Min Chin face but a Princess Sarah heart (according to her). God has a Princess Sarah face and a Princess Sarah heart (according to the Bible). My tita is happy with her life (God bless her). God is happy every time we who are tired and burdened seek His face and when we ourselves provide rest and comfort to others who are equally tired and burdened.

Tags: Bible reflection, Witness to the Word