Homily for the 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A
By: Fr. Patrick
Homily for Sunday July 5 2020
Gospel: Mt 11:25-30
My dear friends, for those of us who are fearful or have our world turned upside down at the moment, we’re just after hearing one of the most consoling lines of the Gospels, ‘Come to me all who labour and are overburdened, and I will give you rest.’
Jesus is encouraging us to come to him with our burdens and he will give us rest. But how? By spending some quite time with him here in the church or elsewhere or maybe while going for a walk. The added advantage in going for a walk is that we can appreciate the nature all around us, we are a part of something bigger, and we can become conscious of being present to our God also. In order to receive God’s consolation and peace our prayer mode is not one of asking God, but rather being with God in the silence of our hearts, knowing that God is with us and we are with God. It is then we receive God’s peace and love.
My friends, creation is interconnected, therefore our happiness and peace lies with the relationships we have within it, from our family to our friends and community, from nature to our God. The relationships we have with these four areas above all else determine our happiness. If one of these key relationships (family, community, nature & God) is out of sync then we struggle to find peace in ourselves.
When there are gaps in these relationships we unfortunately turn to other things to fill the void, or numb the pain, such as alcohol, TV, Internet, social media, shopping, [drugs, gambling, pornography] or spending excessive time on the non-essentials in life. For example, people have consumed more alcohol during lockdown than usual. Why? What are we compensating for? There is obviously a mismatch in some of the key relationships in our family, friends and community, with our world and with God.
Conclusion of homily and Mass:
‘Come to me all who labour and are overburdened, and I will give you rest.’ May we come to our God every day and receive his peace.