Commentary on the Gospel of

Fr. Roland Chidiebere, CMF

Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus.

*I will give you rest
*I am meek and humble of heart
*My yoke is easy, and my burden light

Our Lord promises us rest! Rest from what? First, He says ‘come to me, you who labour and are burdened’. One hardly asks the question ‘where was I before coming into this world?’ Yet, a humble appreciation that one’s own life holds more in stock than one understands, leads the way to the faith dimension, namely, that the Lord of Life Himself guides one through life. His guidance is the most reassuring way, for He knows where one was before birth, and knows the destination after death. And so, He is the best navigator for the compass is clear to Him ‘back and forward!’ He knows that all my labours and burdens will come to naught! Let us therefore allow the Lord Jesus to lead and guide us: faith in action!

Acceptance of the Lord’s leadership and guidance in one’s life is the clearest sign of discipleship! The Lord Jesus Himself is meek and humble of heart. His meek disciple builds one’s self-image around the master’s: wears the identity of the Lord Jesus Christ, and feels convincingly sure and secure within it. And so, obeys, respects and follows the instructions of the master. In other words, the disciple is restraint in singling out the foundation of one’s life and lives under His guidance – that is, picks up the Master’s yoke and lives by it! And the yoke is, Jesus would say: ‘leave yourself and follow me, pick up your cross and follow me, so that I who am the Way to the Father, lead you to union with Him.’

As one guided, the journey, ‘the burden’ is made light for oneself – there is no ransacking of the brain, nor brainstorming to decipher which way – the Guide, the Lord Jesus knows and leads the way. Jesus, meek and humble of heart, make our hearts like unto Yours.


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