July 9, 2017 – The 14th Sunday of the Church Year

Today’s Saint: Augustine Zhao Rong & Companions (d. 1648 – 1930)

Scripture Readings for today’s Liturgy:

Zechariah 9:9-10 – Psalm 145 – Romans 8:9, 11-13 – Matthew 11:25-30

 “Taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed the one who seeks refuge in him.” (today’s “Communion Antiphon” Psalm 34)

I was very surprised to read a meditation offered for this Sunday written by a six year old girl from Italy. In it she spoke of her desire to receive Jesus in Holy Communion. I couldn’t help but reflect on my own 1st Holy Communion when I was just about that age. I’ve said this before but I’ll repeat it here: I remember coming out from the Church after having made our 1st confessions. I was sitting on the bench eating my lunch and saying to classmate, Billy Baldwin, “I don’t know why anyone would want to sin and lose the opportunity to receive Jesus in Holy Communion.” Of course, then I grew up and, like so many, ‘put aside childish things’ and probably slipped into patterns of turning away from God through minor, what we call ‘venial sins.’

Now, at the ripe old age of 76 I can look back and see that I still retain that desire to be one with Jesus and take upon my shoulders his ‘easy yoke’ even though I still slip into sinful patterns of life. What’s the ‘bottom line’ here? I think it is about letting Jesus fit his yoke to us so that it fits more perfectly. This fitting might take some time since the yoke needs to be shaped to fit me and not cause chaffing. Our problem, though, is that we are impatient and want the instant fit and don’t want to hang around while God works to make this yoke fit perfectly. I can’t help be think of that phrase of the little child, “God’s not finished with me yet.” We have to remember that God doesn’t work at our speed and “one day with the lord is as a thousand elsewhere.” So, here I am seventy-six years old and I have to know that God’s not finished with me yet. Amen.

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