Who has experienced losing someone during this pandemic?
Who knows somebody who is fighting the disease?
Who knows someone who is having loved ones or friends in the hospital for one reason or the other?
Who is experiencing having a loved one stranded in another place and is unable to return home yet?
Who is experiencing anxieties having lost income in one’s business or employment as a result of the crisis?
Who is experiencing worry or fear that this crisis will extend longer?
There are many people amongst us who are feeling panicky these days. I have a young friend who is saying she’s having anxiety attacks thinking and predicting how long this crisis will last.She’s facing the dilemma of how to make the business survive while keeping her employees amidst current challenges.
In the Gospelduring this Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Mt. 11: 25-30), Jesus said,
“Come to me, all you who labor 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.”
The Lord reveals Himself as that promised Messiah who has come to offer to His people a breath of fresh air from life’s suffocating difficulties, a relief for those who are tied to the yoke of the law, as it was applied to Israel during those times. And He made this offer full of meekness and humility because He feels the suffering of His people.
The same message is in the First Reading (Zec. 9: 9-10), as the prophet Zechariah calls for an uprising of joy among the “burdened and wearied people of Israel in exile”,
“Rejoice heartily, O daughter Zion, shout for joy, O daughter Jerusalem! See, your King shall come to you; a just savior is He, meek, and riding on an ass, on a colt, the foal of an ass.”
The King comes to end long term suffering and to spread His dominion over the oppressors and nations of the earth.
Clearly, the Lord is telling us that He knows our pains and struggles. He knows that focusing too much on these can affect the life that God has given us to cultivate. He knows we put in so much time to become successful in the world, putting up every effort to become better professionals, and yet at the end of the day, have nothing to show for God. The fact is we cannot do it on our own without His help. All the work that we put in our careers, in our work, in our businesses, do not matter much to Him. The irony is that there are many events that happen in life that we can’t comprehend. These add on to the burden and yoke that we have. We stress out, we burden ourselves unnecessarily.
That is why, “If you believe in me, come to me!” (“Kung naniniwala kayo sa akin, lumapit kayo sa akin”, Fr. Armand Robleza, SDB said in his homily today.” We only need to figure out the simple things in life. We do not need to understand all the mysteries that we face, we just let it be. While we are jubilant in the good that we experience, we should also embrace as well the sorrows that come our way. “Ang hiwaga ay bahagi ng buhay” (“Mystery is a part of life”), Fr. Armand further said.The only way to understand life is with a humble heart.”
The reality is that there is absolute truth in the statement “In His time”. God speaks to us simply, clearly and only what we need to know, when we need to know. Therefore, it is important to always approach Christ with meekness, humility and simplicity, patiently waiting for the Lord to speak the simple and profound truth we need to hear in His time.
Today, let us reflect on how we are managing the burdens we face. Are we spending so much time thinking about the mysteries of life only to be frustrated? Are we persistent in our quest for answers to the deep mysteries of life?
Let us pray for humility and patience so as to allow the Lord to come into our hearts to open our eyes and slowly reveal the simple yet profound truths He desires to reveal. Strive to be “childlike” in your attitude so that the Spirit makes you become wiser and more learned than you could ever be on your own efforts.
“Blessed are you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth;You have revealed to little ones the mysteries of the Kingdom.” (Mt. 11: 25)