14th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A

 

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

 

I Confess: 

I confess to almighty God, and to you, my brothers and sisters, that I have sinned through my own fault, in my thoughts and in my words, in what I have done, and in what I have failed to do; and I ask blessed Mary, ever virgin, all the angels and saints, and you, my brothers and sisters, to pray for me to the Lord our God.

 

Gloria:

Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to people of good will. We praise you, we bless you, we adore you, we glorify you, we give you thanks for your great glory, Lord God, Heavenly King, O God, almighty Father. Lord Jesus Christ, Only Begotten Son, Lord God, Lamb of God, Son of the Father, you take away the sin of the world, have mercy on us; You take away the sin of the world, receive our prayer; You are seated at the right hand of the Father, have mercy on us. For you alone are the Holy One; you alone are the Lord. You alone are the Most High, Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit, in the glory of God, the Father. Amen

 

Opening Prayer:

Through dreams and visions, O God, you broaden the horizon and hope of your people, that they may discover the meaning of your covenant, even in the midst of trial and exile. Increase the number of those who believe in your word so that all people may joyfully respond to your call and share in your promises. Amen.

 

First Reading:  ZEC 9:9-10

Thus, says the LORD: Rejoice heartily, O daughter Zion, shout for joy, O daughter Jerusalem! See, your king shall come to you; a just saviour is he, meek, and riding on an ass, on a colt, the foal of an ass. He shall banish the chariot from Ephraim, and the horse from Jerusalem; the warrior’s bow shall be banished, and he shall proclaim peace to the nations. His dominion shall be from sea to sea, and from the River to the ends of the earth.

 

Responsorial: PS 145:1-2, 8-9, 10-11, 13-14

 

R. I will praise your name for ever, my king and my God.
 
I will extol you, O my God and King, and I will bless your name forever and ever.
Every day will I bless you, and I will praise your name forever and ever.
 
R. I will praise your name for ever, my king and my God.
 
The LORD is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and of great kindness.
The LORD is good to all and compassionate toward all his works.
 
R. I will praise your name for ever, my king and my God.
 
Let all your works give you thanks, O LORD, and let your faithful ones bless you.
Let them discourse of the glory of your kingdom and speak of your might.
 
R. I will praise your name for ever, my king and my God.
The LORD is faithful in all his words and holy in all his works.
The LORD lifts up all who are falling and raises up all who are bowed down.
 
R. I will praise your name for ever, my king and my God.

 

Second Reading:  ROM 8:9, 11-13

Brothers and sisters: You are not in the flesh; on the contrary, you are in the spirit, if only the Spirit of God dwells in you. Whoever does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him. If the Spirit of the one who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, the one who raised Christ from the dead will give life to your mortal bodies also, through his Spirit that dwells in you. Consequently, brothers and sisters, we are not debtors to the flesh, to live according to the flesh. For if you live according to the flesh, you will die, but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live.

 

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Blessed are you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth; you have revealed to little ones the mysteries of the kingdom.

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

 

Gospel: MT 11:25-30

At that time Jesus exclaimed: “I give praise to you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, for although you have hidden these things from the wise and the learned you have revealed them to little ones. Yes, Father, such has been your gracious will. All things have been handed over to me by my Father. No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son wishes to reveal him.”  “Come to me, all you who labour and are burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart; and you will find rest for yourselves. For my yoke is easy, and my burden light.”

 

 

Homily:

In the gospel for this weekend Jesus begins with a thanksgiving to God. He praises God for His revelation of Himself to simple people. God has revealed Himself to His people through the person of Jesus. Jesus in the following verse affirms His unique access of the knowledge of the father. What He enjoys with the Father, He reveals it to others. The son reveals the father and the father reveals the son: it is an indissoluble union. Jesus reveals to us the face of God. We ask ourselves, can we really and confidently say that our union with God is indissoluble like that of Jesus’? does our life and action reveal the God we believe in?

Immediately Jesus extends few invitations. The revelation of God invites us to respond aptly.

 1.  Come to me, all you who labour and are overburdened, and I will give you rest.

 

It is directed toward all those who live in a constant burden. Of course, the words of Jesus were directed towards those who perceived their religion and its practices as burdens and a heavy load.  We can apply it to our own life circumstances. What is it that is drowning me? What is it that makes my life miserable and burdensome? Sometime we could be a cause of burden to others.  When faced with frustrations of the burdens of life Jesus extends his hands towards us saying to us again and again, “Come to me, …I will give you rest.” We ask ourselves, where do I look for rest when life brings along burdens and unpleasant events? We all at times in life look for peace and rest. Here is Jesus who offers them.

 2.  Shoulder my yoke; it is easy, and my burden is light.

Living in the presence of Jesus doesn’t weigh anyone down. On the contrary, he frees us. He releases us from the load and lightens our burdens. He takes off the burdens and every clutch and offers liberation and freedom. He did it then and He does it now.  We ask ourselves, what are the yokes that bind us hard?

 3.  Learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.

We need to learn from Jesus how to live. Jesus doesn’t complicate our life. He makes it clearer, simpler, humbler and complete.  A disciple must be a life-long learner. There is always space to grown in gentleness and in humility. Certainly, these qualities of Jesus pose real challenges to each of us. Most often we are self-obsessed, vain and proud. Jesus says to each of us today: learn from me how to be gentle, humble and lowly in heart. He never puts onto his followers something that he hasn’t lived himself. He invites us to follow him on the same path that he has walked. That’s why he can understand our difficulties and our struggles. He is there ever offering us the rest we all long for.

 

In the light of the gospel we ask ourselves today.

  1. What are the burdens do I carry in my life?
  2. Do I cause burden to anyone in any manner? 
  3. Am I a life-long learner of Jesus?

 

Jesus offers us grace to embrace every new day with new hope and peace.

 

Nicene Creed:

I believe in one God, the Father almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all things visible and invisible. I believe in one Lord Jesus Christ, the Only Begotten Son of God, born of the Father before all ages. God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, consubstantial with the Father; through him all things were made.

For us men and for our salvation he came down from heaven, and by the Holy Spirit was incarnate of the Virgin Mary, and became man. For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate, he suffered death and was buried, and rose again on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures. He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead and his kingdom will have no end.

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son, who with the Father and the Son is adored and glorified, who has spoken through the prophets. I believe in one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church. I confess one Baptism for the forgiveness of sins and I look forward to the resurrection of the dead and the life of the world to come. Amen.

 

Prayers of Faithful:

 

For the Church – that as the People of God we would all seek to live lives of compassion, forgiveness, healing and love, always seeking new ways to sow the seeds of the Gospel in our lives and communities.                                                       

Lord Hear Us

 

For leaders of nations – that they each strive to lead their people towards an appreciation of racial diversity, a society that values gender equity, and a nation of religious freedom and respect.                                                                                               

Lord Hear Us

For charity organisations and volunteers – that they will be sustained and supported in their good work and that their work will create in them a deep well of compassion and love.                                                                                                                

 Lord Hear Us

 

For people who have suffered the breakdown of relationships – that they will be healed from the trauma of broken promises and broken dreams and find new ways for love and companionship to grow in their lives.                                                         

Lord Hear Us

 

For all who are heavily burdened – that people carrying loads borne by financial distress, sickness, accidental injury or grief, find rest in the comforting words and actions of friends and family.                                                                       

Lord Hear Us

 

That the sick may be consoled and healed according to God's will, and that the Spirit who raised Jesus from the dead may purify our departed brothers and sisters of all their sins.                             

Lord Hear Us

           

Our Father…                                    Hail Mary…               Glory Be…

 

Concluding Prayer:

We give you thanks, O God of compassion, for the salvation you have revealed to the little ones through Christ Jesus, our wisdom and strength. Teach us to take up his gentle yoke and find rest from our burdens and cares. Amen.

 

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

 


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