14th Sunday of the Year

Zech 9:9-10; Rom 8:9 & 11-13; Mt 11:25-30 (Year A)

‘Rejoice heart and soul, daughter of Zion! Shout with gladness, daughter of Jerusalem! See now, your king comes to you; he is victorious, he is triumphant, humble and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.”

The language with which the prophet Zechariah foretold Christ’s messianic kingdom is intriguing to the point of paradox. Victory and triumph anticipated the power of Christ’s Resurrection reaching to the ends of the earth. The humility of a Messiah riding to victory on the foal of a donkey fundamentally questioned the traditional trappings of power. If we are to follow in the footsteps of Christ, if we are to know the saving power of his Resurrection, we must share his humility.

St Paul, writing to the Romans, takes us to the fundamentals of the Christian life: “Your interests are not in the unspiritual, but in the spiritual, since the Spirit of God has made his home in you.”

Paul’s contrast of the spiritual and unspiritual self is not a crass dichotomy between body and soul. Rather, it is a reflection on the conflicting attitudes that dominate our lives. What Paul describes as the unspiritual self is the sinful tendency to be ruled by selfishness. The spiritual self, on the other hand, surrenders itself to communion with the Lord and with each other.

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