Sunday, July 9, 2023
The readings for the 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time encourage us to praise God for all of the blessings in our lives. The first reading (Zechariah 9:9-10) is a song of praise for the coming Kingdom of God. The psalm (Psalm 145:1-2, 8-9, 10-11, 13-14) shouts out “I will praise your name forever, my king and my God”. The second reading (Romans 8:9, 11-13) tells us to live by the Spirit, for the Spirit will bring life to our mortal bodies through Christ Jesus. And in the gospel (Matthew 11:25-30) Jesus praises the Father and then invites us to follow him, for he helps us when we are stressed and overwhelmed.
So prayer, especially praise, relationship with Jesus, and letting go of our burdens are all possible themes for this weekend’s readings. Here are some ideas: