Posted by: livingscripture | December 9, 2015

Second Wednesday of Advent

From the Word of the Day

“Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest.  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.”     

(Matthew 11: 28-30`)

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 The context of chapters 11 and 12 in Matthew emphasize the fact that the poor and little ones are the only ones who understand and accept the wisdom of the Kingdom.  They are the little ones and the poor who have the courage to not be entrapped by their own reasoning and enter into a different logic, a divine logic given by two attitudes: humility and meekness.

In fact, Jesus indicates that meekness and humility are the only attitudes to learn from Him.  Humility is the fundamental quality of love, a quality that esteems the other as superior to self and knows how to take the proper place.  Meekness is the quality of one who places others before self.  Without humility and meekness, there can be no love; there is only oppression.  Humility and meekness are the Wisdom of Love and entering into meekness and humility is a gift, a gift to be asked for in prayer.

In my pause for silent contemplation, I will ask Jesus to help me be meek and humble like Him, two virtues that denote courage and truth.

Jesus meek and humble of heart, make my heart like Yours!

 The Voice of Benedict XVI

 Jesus promises to give everyone rest, but on one condition: “Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart”.  What is this yoke that instead of being heavy, it is light, and instead of crushing, relieves?  The yoke of Christ is the Law of Love, the commandment He left to His disciples (Cf. John 13: 34).  The true remedy for the wounds of humanity, both those material like hunger and injustice, and those psychological and moral caused by a false well-being, is a rule based on fraternal love that has its source love of God.  Thus, we must abandon the way of arrogance, of violence used to procure a position of greater power, to ensure success at any cost.  Even toward the environment, we must renounce an aggressive style that has dominated in the past centuries and adopt a reasonable meekness.  But above all, in human interpersonal and social relationships, the rule of respect and of non-violence, which is the power of truth against every abuse, is that which can assure a dignified future for humanity.

 


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