Cycle A Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

Have you ever been depressed? Have you walked in darkness and distress and gloom? Even though we are Christians we can still be lost and have difficulties and burdens. This passage reminds us that even in our darkness, gloom, and despair God can still reach us and shatter such as simply as light shatters the darkness. God can remove our yokes and transform us, if we allow him. No one says to do such is easy and simple, but it is possible with God.
How often are we divided into groups? From the moment of birth, we are grouped. By Family. By gender. By weight. By illnesses. By the finances of our parents. By our nationality. By our race. By the religious faith of our parents, or lack thereof. Paul reminds us such arbitrary divisions are not what Christ intended. We are brothers and sister, children of God. First, foremost, always.
In Matthew’s Gospel, Jesus’ first response to the execution of John was to get out of harm’s way. To leave the area. But even as he left the area, he was compelled to proclaim the Good News. He not only left the area he invited others to join with him in his ministry. It says that when they were invited “immediately they left their boat and their father and followed him.” How quick are we to let go of our comforts and possessions to be Jesus’ disciples? Are we willing to put our relationship with him above everyone and everything in our lives? Such is certainly not a simple task nor an easy one.

Author: yuengerwv

Retired Catholic Priest

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