July 17 – Wednesday
Wednesday of the Fifteenth Week in Ordinary Time
Gospel Reading MT 11:25-27
A curtain is drawn back here to show the unique personal relationship between Jesus and his Father. The distinctive and intimate name ‘Abba, Father’ appears five times here. This is the common domestic name in Aramaic (Jesus’ native language) by which a child would call his/her natural father. For presuming this unique and intimate relationship, the scribes and Pharisees condemned Jesus to death on a cross.
The Son has privileged access to the Father. It is not an exclusive or closed relationship, however, because Jesus invites others to participate in it. We are among those ‘to whom the Son chooses to reveal him’.
Prayer: (all together)
Lord Jesus, help each of us to experience that we, too, are truly beloved sons and daughters of our heavenly Father. Amen