04/29 Thursday of Week IV

GOSPEL, Matthew (11, 25-30)

Gospel of Our Lord Jesus Christ according to Saint Matthew

 

Jesus Thanks His Father

25 At that time Jesus said, “I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and the intelligent and have revealed them to infants; 26 yes, Father, for such was your gracious will, 27 All things have been handed over to me by my Father; and no one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.

28 “Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

 

The Gospel of the Lord

 

REFLECTION

Today we celebrate the feast of St. Catherine of Siena. She was born in Siena, Tuscany on the 25th March 1347 and died on 29th April 1380.

St. Catherine of Siena is part of the group of little ones referred to in today’s Gospel, Matthew (11, 25-30) 25I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and the intelligent and have revealed them to infants”

Driven by the desire for perfection, she entered the Third Order of St. Dominic when she was still a teenager. She worked tirelessly for peace and harmony between the city of Rome and Florence. She fervently defended the rights and freedom of the Roman Pontiff and promoted the renewal of religious life.

Despite being fragile, humble and illiterate, she is considered the most impressive Christian woman of the second millennium. In 1970, Pope Paul VI declared her “doctor of the Church” because of the theological and mystical greatness of her work.

She meditated deeply on the passage that she put into practice Matthew (vs. 29)Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

 Loving requires commitment and dedication, it is not the reason of the wise and knowledgeable that leads us to practice the law of love but those who by faith feel the inner wisdom of God.

May we ask the Lord to give us the grace of sincere humility and of a living faith, through which we can render him the gift of our intelligence, believing with the trust of children of God in all the truths of our holy Catholic faith.

Let, St. Catherine of Siena, whose feast we celebrate today, intercede for us and make us constant in the profession of the only and revealed true religion.

 

PRAYER

God of infinite mercy, who ignited Saint Catherine of Siena with divine love, calling her to contemplate the passion of the Lord and to serve the Church, allow all your people, who are participants in the mystery of Christ to rejoice forever in the manifestation of his glory. Amen.