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Gospel Reflection for 14th Sunday Ordinary Time Year A – July 9th 2017
A man said to me – the first thing I decide on getting up is when I’ll next get a nap!’ he would loves this bit of the gospel. Jesus knows our bodies need rest, but he also offers rest and refreshment for the soul.
A SENSE OF PEACE
Jesus promises that he will be the companion of the journey; bringing a sense of peace to us. As he makes his home with us, he brings his peace.
Some people’s home places are like that. You get a sense of peace when you go into the house. Or a community or family or friendship where people spread this peace and rest.
In times of bereavement, loss, confusion, suicide, illness, marriage going bad, worry about the children, pupils or people we feel responsible for, or at times when all seems lost, God offers us the hospitality of his heart and his peace. His heart is our home; there are many rooms in his father’s heart.
‘My yoke is easy’, he says. The yoke helped the oxen to plough by balancing the weight on the shoulders. Jesus helps us balance the hard times of life; his burden is not like the religious zealots of then or today. Religion is not an escape from the world, but it is a restful place on the journey of life. We are fed there with the bread of life, as we are. Who we are with God is as important as what we do for God.
In this resting place with God we are energised and nourished, now and in eternity.
May your love O Lord bring rest and peace to the weary. Amen.
Fr Donal Neary SJ is editor of the Sacred Heart Messenger