Something New!

Matthew 11: 25-30
Deuteronomy 7: 6-11, Psalm 103: 1-2, 3-4, 6-7, 8, 10, 1 John 4:7-16

What amazes me with children is that they they can learn new – specifically new – things quicker and sometimes better than adults. Adults, on the other hand, have a tendency have a selective or sometimes functional learning attitude. “Will this new information be beneficial to me? Will it contribute to my goals? If not, maybe it doesn’t deserve my attention.” “I’m too busy, too occupied.” Have you ever caught yourself in these lines? You are not alone. As we grow older, our concerns pile-up and our priorities become more and more pressing. We are, however, invited to still be childlike – to be open to something new, to be excited, to be charmed, to be energized by a new reality.

We read in today’s Gospel Jesus’ conversation with the Father. “I give praise to you, Father, Lord of Heaven and earth, for although you have hidden these things from the wise and the learned, you have revealed them to the childlike.” The Lord does not despise the wise and the learned, no. He does bring attention to those who are spiritually childlike – those who heard the Gospel, accepted it with gusto, and are rejuvenated by it. Faith in the Gospel demands openness and willingness to enter a new life with God. Here’s the thing. The Gospel is always new! The question for us is this: Does it still energize you? Does it excite you? Does it charge you as how something novel lights up a child’s face? If the answer is no, today’s invitation is especially for you. Be childlike. Notice this new thing. Invest yourself in this offer of new life.

God understands that many of us have already so much to bear. We have so much in our shoulders. Who has time for more? God’s invitation for a life with Him does not add to our burden. On the contrary, he offers a lighter load. He invites us to join him, to be yoked with him. “Take my yoke,” he says. It is a yoke he already has that he offers to share with us. This yoke came from the Father. He is only following the will of the Father. This is an invitation to a mission with Him.  He invites us to take it … with him. Two pulling together makes it lighter.  “Take my yoke and learn from me,” he says. Let us respond to Jesus’ invitation with such openness as a child. Welcome this new thing in your life as a child gets excited with a new face, a new person, a new reality. It is an opportunity for growth and fullness of life. Do not let your burdens block you from a life with God. His burden is light because when you take it, you are not alone. God will walk us through. In him, may we find rest.

by Joseph Vincent Borres

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