Sunday Readings & Reflections


Theme of the Sunday: Matthew 11:25-30

First Reading: Zechariah 9:9-10;
Responsorial: Psalm 145;
Second Reading: Romans 8:9.11-13;
Gospel: Matthew 11:25-30; 

Resources used:
*The Sunday Missal, Paulines Publications Africa


The Jesus mission was not always well received iso 다운로드. Many if not most people of his time did not believe that he was the Messiah because he did not fit into their expectations and ideas of what a Messiah should be Celestial Marriage 1.

Jesus’ mission did not meet with a positive response everywhere (Mt 11: 16-24). Even his precursor, John, sent messengers to find out if he were the real Messiah (Mt 11:2-15) gimagex 다운로드. Why did so many fail to recognise him? Matthew explains this apparent failure by the way God chooses to reveal himself. He shows himself to the simple who have no important place in society 앵커 태그. They are like little children who cannot change much. Yet, it is those unimportant little people who will spread the Gospel throughout the world.
Do we respect unimportant people in our communities Millennium? Do we listen to the opinions of the less-educated, the youth, women and children who are often left out of the decision-making process? Yet, they too can be God’s messengers ps4 대기모드 게임 다운로드.

Jesus invites us to come to him, to learn from him how to do everything in a spirit of love and gentleness. In many languages there is a saying that “you can take a donkey to water but you cannot force it to drink” 페도라 13. God invites us to be his children but he will not force us.

Two animals walking side by side often share one yoke which is a piece of timber. In doing the work together it becomes easier and the sharing of a burden makes it easier to carry 바람의나라 연 다운로드. Jesus invites those who come to him to take up his yoke to lighten their burden. He ties himself to us as our ever- faithful companion who carries our burdens with us on our journey through life ie10 64 bit 다운로드.

When we reject the violent ways of the world and live in the non-violent, gentle and humble ways of Jesus, we may be despised and ridiculed by the important people of this world Download the Japanese flag. This should not worry us because Jesus is with us with his peace.

Live hope!!!


***Adapted from “Bible Study and Sharing on the GOSPEL OF MATTHEW for Christian Communities SUNDAYS OF THE YEAR A” by Richard Baawobr MAfr

We pray for the people of Nigeria

Sunday Readings

FIRST READING Zechariah 9:9-10

“Behold, your king comes to you, humble.”

A reading from the Book of the Prophet Zechariah

Thus says the Lord: Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your king comes to you; triumphant and victorious is he, humble and riding on a donkey, on a colt the foal of a donkey. I will cut off the chariot from Ephraim and the war horse from Jerusalem; and the battle bow shall be cut off, and he shall command peace to the nations; his dominion shall be from sea to sea, and from the River to the ends of the earth.

The word of the Lord.
Psalm 145

I will bless your name forever, my king and my God.

I will extol you, my God and king, and bless your name forever and ever. I will bless you day after day, and praise your name forever and ever. R.

I will bless your name forever, my king and my God.

The Lord is kind and full of compassion, slow to anger, abounding in mercy. How good is the Lord to all, compassionate to all his creatures. R.

I will bless your name forever, my king and my God.

All your works shall thank you, O Lord, and all your faithful ones bless you. They shall speak of the glory of your reign, and declare your mighty deeds.R.

I will bless your name forever, my king and my God.

The Lord is faithful in all his words, and holy in all his deeds. The Lord supports all who fall, and raises up all who are bowed down. R.

I will bless your name forever, my king and my God.

SECOND READING Romans 8:9.11-13

“If by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body you will live.”

A reading from the Letter of Saint Paul to the Romans

Brethren: You are not in the flesh, you are in the Spirit, if the Spirit of God really dwells in you. Any one who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him. If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will give life to your mortal bodies also through his Spirit who dwells in you. So then, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh – for if you live according to the flesh you will die, but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body you will live.

The word of the Lord.

Alleluia. Blessed are you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you have revealed to little ones the mysteries of the kingdom. Alleluia.    
GOSPEL READING Matthew 11:25-30

“I am gentle and lowly of heart.”

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew

At that time Jesus declared, “I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you have hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to infants; yes, Father, for such was your gracious will. All things have been delivered to me by my Father; and no one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and any one to whom the Son chooses to reveal him. Come to me, all who labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

The Gospel of the Lord.