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Theology for the common man

14th Sunday in Ordinary Time A

Sunday, July 05, 2020

"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.” Those words of Jesus Christ should always accompany us in our journey of life, and especially, when this life shows its painful side, when everyday life is marked with pain and suffering. Firstly, we start to realize that God, in Christ has already passed through it in his earthly days showing that we also can endure on our journey. Secondly, God gives us help from heaven on this journey which allowed us to suffer these painful experiences and direct them into salvation and help to others. And this last reason is the biggest aim to all who suffer: Christ includes all those suffering to his own salutary cross, showing its salutary direction which is useful to save the world. These words should bring relief: to the people, who are confined to the hospitals and hospices beds, giving them a sense of their sufferings; to those who in their old age are abandoned by their families and left in solitude or felt a prey of dreary public institutions; or, at last, to those who become victims of unnecessary wars as an effect of political plays of world powers finding to influence in different regions of our globe. Those words should also be a big support to people who are weighed down with a lot of humiliations and sufferings because of their faith, defending the dignity of man trampled by so called political correction. As we can notice, Jesus Christ praises his Father for his logic of salvation opened especially to those most disregarded in the world, those last ones in the eyes of this world, because in reality they have first access to his Father, as we can hear today: “I give praise to you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, for although you have hidden these things (about salvation) from the wise (in sense of a wiseacre; people of this world who think they will profit from harming others) and the learned (in sense of a smart aleck, people who think that everything can be arranged by connections or money) you have revealed them to little ones. Yes, Father, such has been your gracious will.” From our view, we can be thankful to Jesus that he has revealed to us and has showed the way how to handle all those earthly experiences with dignity and profit for others: “All things have been handed over to me by my Father. No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son wishes to reveal him.” This is why we come to Jesus and are looking to Him for courage and consolation.