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The End of Inner Turmoil

posted Jul 7, 2017, 8:35 AM by Risen Christ   [ updated Jul 7, 2017, 8:36 AM ]
9 July 2017 ( Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time )

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The prophet Zechariah opens with these words in the first reading: “Rejoice heart and soul, daughter of Zion!” he assures them of the end of wars with the banishment of chariots and horses from Ephraim and Jerusalem. The war that ends is the war within. The epistle to the Romans speaks of the end of war between the spirit and the flesh. By flesh in the letter, it means the radical opposition of the materialistic world as opposed to Christ. We give in to the flesh when we engage in actions devoid of Christ. We are all stronger than these temptations because we have Christ’s salvific power. He will bring an end to this war and grant us peace. Jesus in today’s Gospel assures us of the end of inner turmoil. All vain ambitions fade, all anger and bitter passion soften and all idle pursuits are driven far from our hearts. The yoke that burdened us, the rod of our taskmaster, is smashed and it is replaced by the light and easy yoke of love. “Come to me all you who labour and are overburdened and I will give you rest.”