Scripture Reflection for July 5th, 2020

Dear sisters and brothers in Christ Jesus,

“Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart; and you will find rest for yourselves. For my yoke is easy, and my burden light.”

A life of virtue is its own reward, and there is great confidence in being where God has called you to be and doing what God has called you to do. These two truths combine in the peace of the soul that comes from embracing your vocation from God. As I reflect on ten years of priesthood, this has been my experience. The greatest causes of stress in my life have all been the result of my own pride, jealousy, selfishness, and other sins. The greatest sources of joy in my life have been the fruits of working in God’s service. Our vocations are our own personal calls to holiness, our calls to beatitude and the life of our heavenly homeland.

Our ultimate goal is eternal life with God in heaven, so it makes sense that our greatest happiness in this life will be to make our world as heaven-like as possible. We pray, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven, and then we work to make it happen. Rather than doing evil and causing suffering for others, we seek to lift each other up and ease our neighbor’s burdens. We do this for others, but do we ever think of trying to make our own lives more heavenly? Do we seek to sanctify our own lives and the lives of our spouses and children? Do we really, consciously conform our will to God’s Will for us? When was the last time you prayed: ”Lord Jesus, what would You have me do?” We pray seriously about our vocations when we are discerning and preparing to enter into them, but do we continue to discern after we make our vows? Do we live out our vocations with the same philosophy of “Thy will be done” applied personally?

This week’s Gospel encourages us to take Jesus seriously in His offer to guide us in our daily labors. His burdens are lighter. His yoke is easier than the one we would make for ourselves. Why reject happiness when the greatest possible beatitude is offered to us by the God Who made us for His own purposes? May we have the grace this day and each day to trust God, our Creator, that He will equip us with the gifts we need to answer His call and to embrace it with our whole hearts.

Peace in Christ, Father Matthew Kuhn

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