Learn to Love Like Jesus

Missionary Weekly Reflection
14th Sunday in Ordinary Time, 05 July 2020
Zec. 9:9-10; Ps. 145:1-2,8-9,10-11,13cd-14; Rom. 8:9,11-13; Mat. 11:25-30

God reveals Himself in various religions. What is the special trait of God’s revelation through Jesus? Today Jesus teaches us about that. The mystery of the Kingdom of God is only revealed to “little children”: to people who are willing to humble themselves, who are like children: innocent and open to God’s projects and plans. The mystery will be hidden from the “wise and clever”: the Pharisees and the Scribes, both past and present. Those who are ambitious, who pretend to know God’s plan, do not see that God’s plan is being realized in and through Jesus. The Pharisees and the Scribes prided themselves as the clever and the ones who know God’s Law (Old Testament), but they failed to catch the essence of the Law: justice, compassion and loyalty (Matt. 23:23). They always rejected Jesus, plotted against God’s plans and projects that He was presenting.

Jewish authorities also conspired with Roman colonialists. The merger of politic and religion is not a new phenomenon. People are oppressed to maintain power, wealth and interest. Jesus definitely rejects such an unfair system. He invites those who are oppressed: “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”. The “rest” (anapausis) in this verse means a “break”: the break on Sabbath, break from the war after the enemy is defeated, an eternal rest (death), or a picture of “salvation”, when the world is finally arranged perfectly according to God’s will and we savor the eternal Sabbath. That is Jesus’ invitation for us today.

The yoke is a burden of the Law which stresses on the people. Jesus offers the burden of His teaching. It does not mean that He is eliminating the Law or that following Jesus is easier. On the contrary: the Law must be implemented according to its original purpose and God’s will. That is what Jesus does: resuming all the laws in the commandment of love. Living the law of love to all humans, even to enemies, is actually much harder. However, the burden of the law of love will definitely be light, if you and I learn from Jesus. He Himself is the model of extreme love: love to death! How can it work? He Himself emphasizes: “Learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart”. Our life is a learning process to love like Him: to love despite of being betrayed, to love despite of being hated. Obviously, this is not an ordinary love, this is almost an impossible love! But Jesus also gives us tips and key. First, be gentle like Him, who comes as a weak man, and fully trusts in Father. Second, be humble like Him, who is always ready to serve humans, especially the despicable and sinful (cf. Matt. 20:28).

In the midst of all the burdens and difficulties of life, in the stress and tiring routine of work, may Jesus’ invitation always strengthen, relieve and move us: Take my yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart and you will find rest for your soul.

(Hortensio Mandaru – Indonesia Bible Society, Jakarta)

DAILY DEDICATED PRAYER

Lord, our Father, I present my today prayer, thought, word, work, joy and sorrow in the unity with Your Son, Jesus Christ, who always presents Himself in the Eucharist for the world salvation. May the Holy Spirit, as the soul of Jesus, also lead and give me the strength today so that I am ready to be the witness of Your love.

Together with St. Mary, Mother of Jesus and the Church, I specially present my prayer to our Pope and Indonesian Church prayer apostles of this month:

For Evangelization intention:
Family integrity: May the families today do not feel alone for they will always find love, appreciation and guidance that are required to keep the family united. We pray…

For Indonesian Churches intention:
Human resources: In terms of increasing human resources that is declared by the government, may Catholic educational institutions find the means in preparing the students to face the challenges in millennial era. We pray…

Special Intention:
We ask for the blessing to our people in educational sector in achieving the education of justice in every level. We pray…

Amen

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