Introduction: During the U. S. Independence Day celebrations yesterday, Americans probably heard all or part of Emma Lazarus’ poem inscribed on the base of the Statue of Liberty: “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free…. Send these, the homeless tempest-tossed to me.”
Today’s readings, especially the Gospel, give the same message in a more powerful way: "Take my yoke . . . and you will find rest."
In the first reading, the prophet Zechariah consoles the Jews living in Palestine under Greek rule, promising them a “meek” Messianic King of peace riding on a donkey, who will give them rest and liberty.
The Responsorial Psalm (Ps 145) praises and thanks a kind and compassionate God Who “raises up those who are bowed down” under heavy yokes. In the second reading, Paul tells the first-century Christian community in Rome about two yokes, namely, the “flesh” and the “Spirit,” and he challenges them to reject the heavy and fatal yoke of the flesh and accept the light yoke of the Spirit of Jesus. Christian spirituality, according to Paul, proceeds from the initiative of the Holy Spirit and means living in the realm of the “Spirit” as opposed to the “flesh."
In the Gospel, Jesus offers rest to those “who labor and are burdened” if they will accept his “easy yoke and light burden.” By declaring that his “yoke is light,” Jesus means that whatever God sends us is made to fit our needs and our abilities exactly. The second part of Jesus’ claim is: "My burden is light." Jesus does not mean that the burden is easy to carry, but that it is laid on us in love, that it is meant to be carried in love, and that love makes even the heaviest burden light.
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Here are some resources for prayer and worship during this time of crisis to stay connected with you faith
One of the most well known and beloved passages in scripture is the gentle invitation of our Lord in today’s Gospel reading: “Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest.” When we need physical rest, we sleep or take a nap.
Due to the ongoing Covid-19 Coronavirus Pandemic, Bishop Larry Silva extends the dispensation from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass to all the people of the Diocese of Honolulu and all visitors to the Diocese of Honolulu through August 31, 2020. All who are able to attend Sunday Mass without putting themselves or others at serious risk of infection; are encouraged to do so, but are not obliged to.Read more ...
For School Year 2020-2021, some changes will be taking place in the classroom size. Attendance to the Classes will be limited to adhere to the social distancing mandate. Available Classes will be for those children who are preparing or in need of receiving the following sacraments: Reconciliation, Confirmation and Communion.Read more ...
THANK YOU for participating in our 10th Annual search for the Longest Married Couple! Our hope at Worldwide Marriage Encounter is to inspire others and the World by this couple's long-standing love and commitment to each other through the sacrament of marriage. We are currently seeking candidates from every state or province in the United StatesRead more ...
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