Two-Minute Homily by Fr Joseph Kanatt MCBS for the Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time 2023.
“We can experience in our daily life all kinds of burdens and hardships. At this stage comes the open invitation from Jesus our saviour, come to me.”
- Two-Minute Homily Transcript
Two-Minute Homily TranscriptAuthor: Archdiocese of Brisbane
The Gospel on this weekend, Jesus offers rest to those “who labour and are burdened”. By declaring that his “yoke is light,” Jesus means that whatever God sends us is made to fit our needs and our abilities. The second part of Jesus’ claim is, “my burden is light.” Jesus does not mean that the burden is easy to carry but that it is laid on us in love and is meant to be carried in love, and that love makes even the heaviest burden light. When we are tested and overburdened with pain and suffering, we ask God, “why me?” And we fail to count the innumerable blessings that we have received.
Arthur Robert, an American male tennis player shows us great example. As he was in the peak of his career he became sick. Some asked, why does God has given this to me. To this he replied, all over the world many children start learning tennis but only some comes to professional tennis and very few reach to Wimbledon, among them four to semi-finals, two to final. When I was the one holding the cup, I never asked God, ‘why me?’ And today in pain, I should not be asking God, ‘why me.’
We can experience in our daily life all kinds of burdens and hardships. At this stage comes the open invitation from Jesus our saviour, “come to me”. Jesus invites all to come to him, to enter into a relationship with him, and to follow him in discipleship. The discipleship that Jesus calls is nothing less than life commitment and total denial of self. We should never forget that we are yoked with Christ.