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Homily for Wednesday of the Second Week of Advent (II) (9th December, 2015) on the Gospel

 

Is 40:25-31;
Ps 102:1-4.8.10 (R. v.1)
Matt 11:28-30.

Topic: Come to me, (Matt 11:28).
In today’s gospel, Jesus asks all who are weary and are carrying heavy burdens to come to Him and have rest. The gospel reads further: “Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light” (Matt 11:29-30).

The book of Lamentations is unambiguous that what brings about true heavy burdens is sin, cf. Lam 1:14; cf. Hos 11:7. Hence Saint Paul admonishes us not to submit again to the yoke of sin, cf. Gal 5:1. The book of Lamentation reads further: “With a yoke on our necks we are hard driven; we are weary, we are given no rest” (Lam 5:5).

God asks us in today’s gospel to come to Him and have the troubling and tiring yokes removed from us, cf. Nah 1:13. We are left with two options – either to go to God and be freed or remain with our heavy burdens.

Bible Reading: Nah 1:12-15.

Thought for today: Are you under any yoke?

Let us pray: God, help us to be free as your children – Amen.

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