Gospel Reflection for July 9, 2023 - Matthew 11:25-30
I attend a Protestant church. It is a great church in many ways, by far the best community that I have ever been a part of.
They have embarked on a study of the Torah beyond Genesis. They are coming up on the giving of the Law and so took two Sundays to expound on the importance of the Law. It has been very frustrating for me, because they only are acknowledging about 30% of the value of the Law and that I see
You just spelled the whole thing out. The point of the Law is to teach the humility that you describe. And when the Jews could not do it, God Himself descended as a babe in a manger, and emptying Himself and teaching us humility.
On this humility hangs all of the Law and the Prophets. But wait, don’t the Law and the Prophets hand on loving God and loving your neighbor? Yes, they do. But you can’t love God, or for that matter your neighbor, without the humility taught by Hesus.
I use 1Peter 5:5-7 as the main definition of humility toward God. It tells us to cast all of our care on God. It is necessary for receiving grace; therefore, it is fundamental for everything (cf. James 4:5-10; Philippians 4:6-7). When Jesus tells us of His humility and to learn from Him, I believe that this is the humility that Peter speaks of because it inevitably brings rest to our souls when we make use of it, and is the only way to mystical union with Christ. Maybe it’s incomprehensible for most people because it’s too simple. The world prefers to keep us distracted with other things that require more human effort.