14th Sunday in Ordinary Time – 2017

14A.   Zechariah  9:9-10.  “See, your king shall come to you; a just savior is he, meek, and riding on a colt the foal of an ass.”  How humble and meek is this king, not coming in on a horse or chariot with a warrior’s bow at his side.  And yet he is all-powerful.  “His dominion shall be from sea to sea.”

Matthew 11:25-30.  True wisdom comes not from earthly learning but from God himself to those who humble themselves before him like little children.  It is the knowledge to know the person of God who is God over me and not the knowledge about the person of God and divine things so that I can maintain my independence from God without submitting to his authority over me.  It is not knowing about God but rather knowing God himself.  When I submit myself to the yoke of his Will over me, the Son reveals the divine person who is God the Father to me because I respect him for who he infinitely is.  God is God and I am not.  In prayer he makes the warmth of his love known to me, his child, his sheep.  His Will, his yoke is on my shoulders but it is easy and light because he loves those who love him humbly as their God.

Romans 8:9, 11-13.  Paul gives us a little lesson on the dynamics of spiritual warfare here.  As human beings, we are creatures of the earth with the potential to be saints in heaven.  If we live according to what is natural or of the flesh, we will terminate with what is natural or of the flesh, i.e., earthly corruption or rot in the soil.  If we live according to what is supernatural or of the spirit, we live eternally in heaven in the love of God our Father.  The Holy Spirit will give to those who belong to him, not only God’s spiritual life to our souls but also to our bodies so that our whole person will be redeemed.  “But now that you have been freed from sin and have become slaves of God, the benefit that you have leads to sanctification, and its end is eternal life.  For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Rom. 6:22-23)