Gospel – Matthew 11:25-30
At that time Jesus exclaimed: “I give praise to you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, for although you have hidden these things from the wise and the learned you have revealed them to little ones. Yes, Father, such has been your gracious will. All things have been handed over to me by my Father. No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son wishes to reveal him.”
“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 yourselves. For my yoke is easy, and my burden light.”
The Catechism of the Catholic Church
544 The kingdom belongs to the poor and lowly, which means those who have accepted it with humble hearts. Jesus is sent to “preach good news to the poor;” he declares them blessed, for “theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” To them—the “little ones”—the Father is pleased to reveal what remains hidden from the wise and the learned. Jesus shares the life of the poor, from the cradle to the cross; he experiences hunger, thirst, and privation. Jesus identifies himself with the poor of every kind and makes active love toward them the condition for entering his kingdom.
From “Great Crusade of Mercy” Testimony of Catalina Rivas (CM-75:6)
6) You know that I do not need anything that you have nor do I need for you to love Me, because I am happy in Myself and I cannot accept any addition to My happiness. If I beg you so much to allow Me to work in you, you must understand that it is solely for your good, and that I do not nurture any hopes in you as far as My happiness is concerned. Therefore, all My words and all My loving care are for your benefit, for the benefit of your hard hearts and myopic minds. Yes! When you listen to Me, I am happy, but for you, not for Myself – you should understand that. Do not compel Me to seek other souls [e.g., for what is ordained for you]; do not draw away from Me, I beg you, because I want to be always near you. And thus you will experience how light is My yoke and how easy My burden. I do not deceive you; I do not know how to do so. I love you, I repeat, I love you…
From “In Adoration” Testimony of Catalina Rivas (Ch1V-30, ChXI-17)
30) “Because of all that, I ask you to follow Me obediently and without giving up; to come to Me in order to know the gentleness of this your Shepherd who has been made to shed His blood for the purpose of saving you from death…”
17) “Those words that I uttered: ‘Come to Me’ were and are directed to all souls without exception; to all those who suffer and carry burdens or traumas very difficult for them to shoulder. They are the words that promise them the most genuine consolation for their sufferings, and the most efficacious relief for their trials.
Each week we will be presenting a portion of the following Sunday’s readings, and linking it to relevant parts of the Catechism of the Catholic Church and messages from the Testimony of Catalina. Pay special attention to the italicized underlined sections. This Sunday it is asked, What kind of soil will you be for the word of God? We hope this is inspiring and educational. Any comments you have are certainly welcomed.
Tim Francis prepared this educational program to help you increase your faith and love for the Holy Trinity and our Blessed Mother. His website is http://YouShallBelieve.com
I have known Tim for many years and recommend his work highly. He is a strong advocate for the “The Real Body and Blood Of Jesus” and the numerous miracles that occur on a daily basis. Both of us are greatly inspired by the amazing writings of Catalina Rivas. Catalina is one of the few individuals in history who personally experienced the “Stigmata Of Jesus Christ.”