9 July 2017
The Lord says this:
Rejoice heart and soul, daughter of Zion!
Shout with gladness, daughter of Jerusalem!
See now, your king comes to you;
he is victorious, he is triumphant,
humble and riding on a donkey,
on a colt, the foal of a donkey.
He will banish chariots from Ephraim
and horses from Jerusalem;
the bow of war will be banished.
He will proclaim peace for the nations.
His empire shall stretch from sea to sea,
from the River to the ends of the earth.
Your interests are not in the unspiritual, but in the spiritual, since the Spirit of God has made his home in you. In fact, unless you possessed the Spirit of Christ you would not belong to him, and if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, then he who raised Jesus from the dead will give life to your own mortal bodies through his Spirit living in you.
So then, my brothers, there is no necessity for us to obey our unspiritual selves or to live unspiritual lives. If you do live in that way, you are doomed to die; but if by the Spirit you put an end to the misdeeds of the body you will live.
Jesus exclaimed, ‘I bless you, Father, Lord of heaven and of earth, for hiding these things from the learned and the clever and revealing them to mere children. Yes, Father, for that is what it pleased you to do. Everything has been entrusted to me by my Father; and no one knows the Son except the Father, just as no one knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.
‘Come to me, all you who labour and are overburdened, and I will give you rest. Shoulder my yoke and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. Yes, my yoke is easy and my burden light.’
Come to me, all you who labour and are overburdened, and I will give you rest.
Just yesterday, I had a friend complain to me that he was so overwhelmed with work that he had no time to eat. This has caused him to suffer from gastritis and affected his quality of life. When I told him to take a rest, he said that there is too much work to be done. Indeed, we live in a world which is highly stressed and where work seems to follow us all around. The readings of today remind us of the need to stay close to God and trust in Him with all our issues.
Staying close to God is indeed important and something which we must do in our lives. The danger today is that work creeps into every facet of our lives that we neglect prayer. I once heard someone remark that we should pray as often as we go to a social media / communication app every day. Whilst that may appear to be too extreme for some but if you look at it, we are God’s creatures. We need to stay in touch with the Creator for as often as we can for He gave us life.
St Paul reminds us to live spiritual lives and we should continue to do so despite the challenges we face at work. Prayer helps us to re-orientate ourselves towards God and makes us discover what it means to be in touch with Christ. It allows us to put into perspective what our priorities in life is and how we can continue to live a life worthy of a Christian. As we enter into the Lord’s day, let us never forget the importance of the Sabbath rest to stay close to God.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, we pray for the grace to continue to stay close to you despite all the challenges we face.
Thanksgiving: We give thanks for all who have made a decision to stay close to God.