July 17, 2014

July 17

July 17, 2014:  Thursday, 15th week, Ordinary Time

  • Is 26:7-9, 12, 16-19  The path of the just you make level.  We yearn for and look to you who give us peace and have accomplished all we've done.  We cried out to you; we can't bring salvation, but your dead shall live. 
    Wordle: Readings 7-17-14
  • Ps 102:13-14ab, 15-21  "From heaven the Lord looks down on the earth" to hear prisoners' groaning and release those doomed to die.  You abide forever.  All shall revere you when you've regarded the prayer of the destitute.
  • Mt 11:28-30  “Come to me, you who are burdened, and I'll give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart.  My yoke is easy, my burden light.”
      • Creighton:  When our desires are frustrated and we feel powerless, we call to God; Isaiah expresses that cry.  God will come when we call, but often we don't recognize our need. / Jesus invites us to join him in working for the Kingdom of God.  How do I respond?
      • One Bread One Body:  A yoke is a beam with curved circles to go over oxen's necks so they can pull a plow.  We are yoked with Jesus.  If we pull against him, we become "stiff-necked" (Ex 33:3), frustrated, and angry; when we walk with him (Lk 1:38), he bears the load and gives us rest.  Others may see us as slaves, but we're truly free (Jn 8:36).
      • Passionist:  Rest is a lost concept:  slowing down shows weakness and vulnerability, unattractive today, but rest helps us gain strength. / Jesus' yoke is a new path, new method; he guides and teaches the way of joy, love, truth, and hope.  Rest in Jesus through prayer reminds us of our relationship with him and his other followers.  No burden is too heavy when given and carried in love.
      • DailyScripture.net:  Yoke was image of submission to God.  (Yoke of the law, commandments, kingdom, God.)  Jesus' yoke is 'easy' (χρηστός, also = well-fitting, suitable, useful).  Yokes were tailor-made to fit the oxen.  Jesus can free us from the burden of sin and hopelessness.  Unite your life, will, and heart with Jesus in love, trust, and obedience.

      • 'Peace sign' tie bar:  Lord, you give us peace (1st reading)
      • 'Skeleton' tie pin:  Your dead shall live, their corpses shall rise (1st reading)
      • 'Stone' tie pin:  Zion's stones are dear to your servants (psalm)
      • 'Children at school bus' tie:  bus for "learn from me" (gospel), children for yesterday's gospel

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