Fourteenth Sunday Year A: Resting in God; the joy of Catholicism.

These things – the mysteries of God – are hidden from the learned and the clever and revealed to mere children.

This is how God operates… He chooses the lowly.

God never chooses the high and mighty – and with good reason.

The high and mighty are filled with… what, what are they filled with? Usually themselves and their own achievements! Thus there’s no time and no room for God. It is that simple.

So Jesus is not arguing against learning but against what it often does to the human heart. It can fill us with self… and the illusion of self-sufficiency.

The bottom line here is that only a heart with room for God can receive God. Another way to say that is to say that we must have a need for God…

Thus Jesus says come to me, all you who labour and are over-burdened – in other words all who have a need – and I will give you rest. There’s probably no better summary of the life and purpose of Jesus Christ: Come to me… and I will give you rest.

The first movement belongs to us; come to me. We must move towards God before God moves towards us – and Gods movement toward us is experienced as ‘rest’ for the human person. (In hindsight the soul will realize that the movement toward God was itself the work of grace but that doesn’t negate the human effort involved)

This “rest” which is actually a little bit of the Divine life entering into our lives here and now is our real security – “a man’s life is not made secure by what he owns…”

Now, this “rest” brings with it an awareness of a responsibility, a “yoke” and a “burden” that Jesus describes as “easy” and “light” (easy and light compared to the alternative which is to make a God (an idol) out of something or someone other than God)

In other words, we don’t get God without also getting a moral order!

Finally, a word about how we might actually “come” to Jesus.

The Eucharist is the God-designed point of contact where God waits for us to come to him… more particularly He has chosen to remain with us in the bread and wine consecrated in the Eucharist.

God has willed (in the same way that He willed Christmas) that the presence of Jesus Christ on earth be perpetuated (continued) in the bread and wine of the Eucharist so that effectively Christ never really left us!Pope Francis carries monstrance during observance of Corpus Christi feast

Thus we “come” to Him by being present to Him in the bread and wine of the Eucharist. That’s the reason the consecrated bread which we call the Blessed Sacrament is reserved in the Tabernacle – that we might “come” to Him.

The experience of “rest” which he promises is experienced only to the degree that we are truly present to Him.

This is the reason we must practice religion.

This is the reason the Church insists that Sunday Mass is the absolute minimum.

This is the reason the Church encourages adoration of the Eucharistic species – that you and I might “come” to Him and know His “rest”

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