South Sydney Uniting Church is ecumenical (e.g. supporting the National and World Council of Churches) and inclusive, affirming the gifts of people of all ages, cultural backgrounds, sexual orientations and identities. We seek peace with justice, and the integrity of creation. We celebrate a service of Word and Sacrament (Eucharist) each Sunday at 10am.
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Homily Ordinary Sunday 14, Year A South Sydney Uniting Church July 5, 2020
Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30
Today’s gospel – good news for the anawim or “have-nots” (11:5) – invites a number of responses. We might respond to the image of the yoke, a farming implement for working cattle, a symbol of Wisdom/torah/teaching. We might respond to the image of Messiah as co-worker. We might respond to the theme of rest or sabbath, by way of comparing/contrasting Jesus and John the Baptist, Jesus and the overtly religious, penitential and self-righteous community. God be with you …
To yoke is to join, to join forces. The gospel assumes there is work to do; there are wise and foolish ways to work.
According to Matthew, chapters 11 and 12, the work entails healing and liberation; resisting destructive forces; discerning Wisdom and kinship amid irreverence/disrespect.
Perhaps the most foolish way to work, it would follow, is alone (separate from others, neglectful, disdainful, resentful …).
We might think of supplementary images. Walking and working side by side. Musical collaboration and improvisation. Spiritual and bodily exercises (the word “yoke” is related to the word “yoga”). Welcoming the other (human and non-human) in and through whom divine assurance speaks. Receiving the other (human and non-human) who enables prayer and ethical practice.