Thursday of the Fifteenth week in Ordinary Time

Saint Matthew 11:28-30.
by Daily Gospel | Source: Daily Gospel
Book of Exodus 3:13-20.

"But," said Moses to God, "when I go to the Israelites and say to them, 'The God of your fathers has sent me to you,' if they ask me, 'What is his name?' what am I to tell them?"
God replied, "I am who am." Then he added, "This is what you shall tell the Israelites: I AM sent me to you." 

God spoke further to Moses, "Thus shall you say to the Israelites: The LORD, the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, the God of Jacob, has sent me to you. "This is my name forever; this is my title for all generations. 

"Go and assemble the elders of the Israelites, and tell them: The LORD, the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, has appeared to me and said: I am concerned about you and about the way you are being treated in Egypt;
so I have decided to lead you up out of the misery of Egypt into the land of the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites, a land flowing with milk and honey. 

"Thus they will heed your message. Then you and the elders of Israel shall go to the king of Egypt and say to him: The LORD, the God of the Hebrews, has sent us word. Permit us, then, to go a three days' journey in the desert, that we may offer sacrifice to the LORD, our God. 

"Yet I know that the king of Egypt will not allow you to go unless he is forced.
I will stretch out my hand, therefore, and smite Egypt by doing all kinds of wondrous deeds there. After that he will send you away.

Psalms 105(104):1.5.8-9.24-25.26-27.

Give thanks to the LORD, invoke his name; make known among the peoples his deeds!
Recall the wondrous deeds he has done, his signs and his words of judgment,
He remembers forever his covenant, the pact imposed for a thousand generations,
Which was made with Abraham, confirmed by oath to Isaac,

God greatly increased his people, made them too many for their foes.
He turned their hearts to hate his people, to treat his servants unfairly.
He sent his servant Moses, Aaron whom he had chosen.
They worked his signs in Egypt and wonders in the land of Ham.

Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Matthew 11:28-30.

Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest.
Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart; and you will find rest for your selves.
For my yoke is easy, and my burden light."

Commentary of the day :

Blessed Jan van Ruusbroec (1293-1381), Canon Regular
The Seven Degrees on the Ladder of Spiritual Love, chapter 4

“Take my yoke upon your shoulders and learn from me.”

      Through humility, we live with God and God lives with us in true peace. That is where the living foundation of all holiness is to be found. It can be compared to a spring, whence four rivers of virtue and of eternal life flow forth (cf. Gen 2:10)… The first river, which flows forth from truly humble ground, is obedience; … The ear becomes humbly attentive so as to hear the words of truth and of life coming from the Wisdom of God, whereas the hands are always ready to do its most cherished will… Christ, the Wisdom of God, became poor so as to make us rich, he became a servant in order to let us reign, he died finally to give us life… So that we might know how to follow and serve him, he tells us: “Learn from me, for I am gentle and humble of heart.”

      In fact, gentleness is the second river of virtues, which flows forth from the ground of humility. “Blest are the lowly; they shall inherit the land,” (Mt 5:5) that is to say, their soul and their body, in peace. For the Spirit of the Lord rests on the gentle and humble person; and when our spirit is thus lifted up and united with God’s Spirit, we carry Christ’s yoke, which is pleasant and gentle, and we carry a light burden… From this intimate gentleness, a third river flows forth; it consists in living patiently. The Lord visits us in tribulation and suffering. If we receive these emissaries with a joyful heart, he himself will come, for he said through his prophet: “I will be with him in distress; I will deliver him and glorify him.” ) Ps 91:15 …

      The fourth and last river flowing from a humble life is that the person abandons his own will and every search for his personal benefit. This river has its source in suffering that is patiently endured. The humble person … gives up his own will and spontaneously abandons himself into the hands of God. Thus he becomes one single will and one single freedom with the divine will… And that is the very depth of humility … The will of God, which is freedom itself, removes from us the spirit of fear and makes us free, liberated and empty of ourselves… Then God gives us the Spirit of his chosen, who makes us cry out with the Son: “Abba, that is, Father” (Rom 8:15).

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