July 5, 2020
Fr. Ed Smith
Zechariah 9:9-10; Romans 8:9, 11-13; Matthew 11:25-30
This weekend, we are celebrating the 4th of July, and so let’s remember a few of the words on the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty: “Give me your tired, your poor…” Now, let’s look at the Gospel reading provided for us for this weekend: “Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest.” Jesus, like the Statue of Liberty, points out a harbor of safety and the promise of a better life. But Jesus goes far beyond what that magnificent statue, or even our great country, can pledge. Jesus gives us an invitation to share in His life. Moreover, in our passage for this Sunday, His offer follows an astonishing prayer of ecstasy and praise, in which the intimate relationship of the Father and the Son is revealed, as well as how important we, the ‘little ones’ are to Jesus. So, when He says, “Come to me,” He is drawing us into His life with the Father and the Holy Spirit…a life in the Trinity…a life of perfect love. Not only that, Jesus wants us to really know just how important we are to Him; He came among us to help us understand that we are unconditionally loved by God; He comforts and heals us in our times of pain and distress; He calls us to a glorious life with Him in heaven forever. This is why we “Come to Him” time and time again: He is everything we need. He is the best of all we can hope for. He is Jesus. And He gives us a reason for celebrating every day…not only the 4th of July!