Gospel for July 19, 2012, Thursday
15th Week in Ordinary Time
1st Reading: Is 26:7–9, 12, 16–19
Let the righteous walk in righteousness. You make smooth the path of the just, and we only seek the way of your laws, O Yahweh.
Your name and your memory are the desire of our hearts. My soul yearns for you in the night; for you my spirit keeps vigil.
When your judgments come to earth, the world’s inhabitants learn to be upright.
Yahweh, please give us peace; for all that we accomplish is your work.
For they sought you in distress, they cried out to you in the time of their punishment.
As a woman in travail moans and writhes in pain, so are we now in your presence.
We conceived, we had labor pains, but we gave birth to the wind. We have not brought salvation to the land; the inhabitants of a new world have not been born.
Your dead will live! Their corpses will rise! Awake and sing, you who lie in the dust!
Let your dew fall, O Lord, like a dew of light, and the earth will throw out her dead.
Gospel: Matthew 11:28-30
Jesus spoke thus, “Come to me, all you who work hard and who carry heavy burdens and I will refresh you. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me for I am gentle and humble of heart; and you will find rest. For my yoke is good and my burden is light.”
“My yoke is easy and my burden light.” It is easy because it frees people from ‘the yoke of slavery’. It is not that there is no burden, but as a Rabbi put it, “My burden has become my song.” (He is no weight, he is my brother.) Countless Christians through the ages have borne heavy burdens but the chief characteristic of a Christian remains joy.
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