Commentary for Sunday: 9th July

Matthew 11:25 – 30:

Sunday, July 9th, 2023 (14th OT A)

What a beautiful prayer Jesus offers today, and how full of hope: “I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you have hidden these things from the wise and learned and revealed them to mere children… 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”.

Neither to the wise, nor to the learned, nor to complicated theologians, in short, to those who “believe it”, those “in the know”, those “possessed of themselves”, and who have no need of anyone. God manifests himself only to those who approach him with a simple and humble heart. Those who know that they need God, even if they are intellectuals, but not know-it-alls, are the ones who discover “these things”, because they are in tune with Jesus, who has a humble, simple, understanding, welcoming, tolerant heart, close to those who suffer any evil….

And, besides announcing forgiveness and salvation, he is indignant and denounces injustice and everything that goes against the good, even going so far as to take up the whip to drive the sellers out of the Temple. He is humble and simple, but the path he shows us is hard and complicated, and requires tiring efforts. Then he says to us: “Come to me, and I will give you rest”.

Humility and simplicity require prayer, contact with Jesus, in order to continue on his way. If we pretend to do it alone, we begin to consider ourselves self-sufficient, we become “wise and knowledgeable”. Then God hides himself from us.


Juan Ramón Gómez Pascual, cmf

Is your heart simple and humble?


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