Homily for the 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A
Theme: I will give you rest
By: Fr. Justin Nzekwe
HOMILY: Often we find ourselves worried because we live in an imperfect world which is full of many challenges: injustices, disappointments, unemployment, poverty, fears, pain, emotional challenges, sickness and other exigencies of life. Most times we are worried about our loved ones; our friends, wife, husband, children, and people related to us. We do not want anything bad to happen to those we love. We also get worried about living in an egoistic world that is gradually turning away from God.
In the midst of these challenges, the gospel reading of today speaks directly to our troubled hearts, “Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest.” Jesus further encourages us that we should take his yoke upon ourselves and learn from him. The yoke of Christ is easy, and his burden is light. This yoke that Jesus in giving us, is that of humility and meekness. Jesus is saying that we always feel burdened and troubled because we lack humility and meekness. He tells us to be humble and meek just like Him, so that we will find rest.
Jesus is the king of glory who comes to us triumphant and victorious, He has dominion over all the earth. He will bring peace to our world that lacks a permanent peace. Jesus Christ is the answer to our life challenges. He is the one to bring tranquility to our soul. Jesus is the only one who has the key to the heart of the father, for whatever we ask of our Heavenly Father with faith through Christ’s name, we will receive it. We must always approach Jesus with humility and meekness through prayers especially at the difficult moments of our lives. We must be ready to exchange our heavy burdens of life with that of Jesus, if we want to conquer our challenges. We must begin by encountering Christ in our daily lives through people who need our charity, through the holy mass, Eucharistic adoration, at the shrine of our Blessed Virgin Mary et ceteral. Jesus in our best friend, and we have to make out time to listen to Him when he speaks to us. He longs for a relationship with us, so that he can offer a helping hand to us. It is his desire to forgive our sins, and to create a pure heart in us. It is his desire to relieve our burdens and restore joy to our lives. He stands by us, when everyone abandons us. Do not give up. Do not be afraid, because we have a God who is always close to us, and he will surely save us.
-Fr. Justin Nzekwe