Sunday XIV: Comfort of the afflicted

July 5, 2020.

“Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”  (Mathew 11, 28-30)

Frequently, Jesus spoke to his followers of the difficulties that following him entailed. He repeatedly advised them that being his disciple meant a difficult and even dangerous path. This way he demonstrated a behavior quite the opposite of what politicians usually show, that promise all types of solutions and advantages for those who vote for them.

On this occasion, however, the Lord wanted to leave clear that following him is also finding relief and help, even in the middle of difficulties and the necessary “carrying of the yoke”. We know that this is true and that no one consoles us like Christ, because only He can reach the bottom of our Herat and give us a different type of help. The help the Lord offers us is not, frequently, that which we would like – taking away our problems with a magic wand – but that of keeping us company in our battles and giving us the strength to affront our own problems and resolve them or, at least, to be content in whatever circumstances. This is why Jesus says that the “yoke” stays but, thanks to him becomes “light”.

Jesus does this directly, in prayer, through the Eucharist. But he also wants to do it through intermediaries, through his followers, through us. Imitate Christ, imitate Mary, being “comfort of the afflicted” is a lofty project for life. Give the rest comfort that we have received. Be for them the channels that bring them closer and lead them to the only one capable of alleviating their pain.

Intention: First: receive comfort that we need, in prayer and the Eucharist. Second: discover where there are people suffering and be their comfort in the name of Christ.

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