A HOMILY FOR THE FOURTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME – CYCLE “A” – 7/5/20
+ Pax et Bonum! Peace and goodness to you this day!
Wow! Another wild week, huh? It’s all so unbelievable! Isn’t this all kinda like a bad Netflix movie, but we’re in the middle of it! I keep expecting some voice to yell “cut”, and for it all to be over, and we could just back to what we were all trying to do before, love Jesus and love all our brothers and sisters, do the right thing, and say our prayers. I thought, it was pretty simple.
Why can’t it be like in the Coke and Pepsi commercials? You ever take a look at the people in Coke and Pepsi commercials? They’re all happy. They’re all smiling. They’re all together doing something fun together and they’re all drinking an ice cold Coke or Pepsi. There’s sure no social distancing in any Coke or Pepsi commercial. They’re holding hands and rubbing shoulders and giving hugs. There’s no Covid-19 in a Coke or Pepsi commercial. There’s no racial divisions or prejudice or injustice in a Coke or Pepsi commercial. There’s also no unemployment, or mosquito bites, or male pattern baldness in a Coke or Pepsi commercial. No sir, there’s no way they are going to let that stuff into their commercials. And do you know why? It’s because they really want us to believe that IF we drink Coke or Pepsi, that our lives will be beautiful, that all our problems will go away, and that everything will be calm and peaceful. And right now, I don’t about you, but I think all of us could use some “calm and peaceful”.
It’s what we ALL want, you know? The problem is, we are NOT going to get it from Coke or Pepsi. Here’s another little news flash for you, we’re not going to get it from Amazon or Walmart or Target either. The kind of peace that you and I most desire in our heart of hearts, can only come from one place, God. Now, a lot of other people will lie to us, and try and convince us that any number of other things are going to meet that need, but I’ve got the easiest job in the entire world as we come here tonight, because what I’m offering to you here at Mass this evening, this Jesus, this, or rather He, really is what you need to have perfect peace, and true happiness, and the exact kind of help that we need, to live in a world like we are living in this week. And all three of our readings this evening prove it.
Is this Gospel, from St. Matthew, perfect for us, or what? I read this Gospel on Friday morning, and it was like God was answering my prayers, with this very text! It’s not Coke, it’s not Pepsi, it’s not pizza, it’s not drugs, it’s not sex, it’s not power or popularity, it’s not guns, and it’s really not money. It’s God! Jesus says to us, “No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father, except the Son, and ANYONE, ANYONE, that the Son wishes to reveal Him.” That’s the secret, right there. Jesus is going to give us the secret to real life, and real happiness. He is going to show us, and introduce us, to God. And it is going to change everything! It’s going to change our lives and the way that we look at everything. We don’t need a new drug. We don’t need more money. We don’t need a Coke, or a Pepsi. We need God. And that’s our problem right now.
Then, back to St. Matthew’s Gospel, Jesus goes on to say, and this is where it gets even cooler! “Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened.” And who’s that? That’s all of us, isn’t it? Especially this week! We’re all working hard and we all feel a little burdened, don’t we. He’s talking to us! Is this perfect or what? Then, Jesus say, “I will give you rest.” “Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart.” What’s a yoke? No, Jesus isn’t talking about that yellow thing in the middle of an egg. We don’t use these kind of yokes so much anymore today. A yoke was this big ole wooden thing that they used to use hook animals together, to make them work better together. They were big and heavy, and not so bad if you were a huge horse or cow. But pretty difficult if you were just a person. Jesus is telling us that His way is different. It’s not big and heavy and impossible. Instead, Jesus says “My yoke is easy and my burden light.” I don’t know about you, but couldn’t all of us use some easy and light these days? Maybe, possibly, couldn’t that calm things down a bit, in our world today?
God is the answer to our every problem right now. We’ve got to see that. Our lack of God, our shutting God out of our world, our ignoring God, hasn’t really worked so well for us, has it? Tonight’s readings are showing us a better way! Let’s take the hint.
You want to look like those happy people in the Coke and Pepsi ads? The pop isn’t going to do it. But God can.
Give Him a real chance in your life this week. Let Him prove to you, just how peaceful He can make your life, if you let Him!
+ May God bless us this week, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit… AMEN !!!
St. Maria Goretti… Pray for us!!!