CATHOLIC HOMILY FOR THURSDAY OF THE 15TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME CYCLE I
THEME: BEARING THE YOKE OF THE CROSS….. “Come to me, all you who carry heavy burdens (…), and you will find rest”
BY: Fr. Julio César RAMOS González SDB
HOMILY: Today, facing a world which decided to turn its back on God, in front of a world hostile to the Christianity and to Christians, to listen to Jesus (who is the One who is talking to us in the liturgy or in the private reading of the Word) brings consolation, joy and hope in the middle of the daily struggles: «Come to me, all you who carry heavy burdens (…), and you will find rest.» (Mt 11:28-29).
Consolation, as these words contain the promise of relieve which comes from God’s love. Joy, as they make the heart feel the security of faith in this promise. Hope, as walking in a world rebelled against God and ourselves, we who believe in God know that not everything comes to an end, although many “ends” have turned into “beginnings” of much better things, as His own Resurrection proves.
Our aim, a starting point to the love of God, is to be permanently with Christ, “yoke” of a law which is not based in the limited capacity of human motivations, but in the eternal saving willingness of God.
In this sense Benedict XVI tells us in one of his Catechesis:” God has a plan with and for us, and this one must be converted in what we want and are. The essence of heaven is based in fulfilling unconditionally the will of God or in other words where the word of God is achieved there is heaven. Jesus himself is heaven in the deepest and fullest sense of the word, in Him and through Him is entirely accomplished the will of God. Our will drives us away from God and makes us mere “earth”. But He accepts us, attracts us towards Him and in communion with Him we learn God’s will.” Amen!
Fr. Julio César RAMOS González SDB