15th Week in Ord. Time, Thursday – 16th July 2020 — Gospel: Mt 11,28-30
Invitation for discipleship
Jesus not only reads the minds and hearts of people, but empathizes with the struggles and hardships of his own people, which are experienced through work, tribulations, and other burdens. He offers himself to be available to unload their burden. He promises rest, renewal, and refreshment to all who come to Him and learn from Him. All they need to do is to exchange their yokes with Him. Those who are burdened should approach Him; they should take the first step. In this way, Jesus invites them to enter into a relationship with Him and to follow Him in discipleship. The fact that Jesus’ yoke is easy and his burden is light doesn’t affirm that Jesus’ discipleship is easy and undemanding. Discipleship demands life-commitment and a total self-denial.