Our 40 SECOND HOMILY is focusing on the theme, “CARRYING BURDENS TOGETHER.” This is based from Matthew 11:28, "Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.”
I follow the lectionary and July 5, 2020 is Fifth Sunday after Pentecost. You and I are joining the Christian churches around the globe who are following the lectionary in the use of the lectionary readings particularly the gospel reading in Matthew.
I immediately thought of the powerful imagery that Jesus or the gospel writer used to inspire the early church or early followers of the movement. The images are hand invitation, weariness, carrying a load, heavy burdens, yoke, light burden. You may have other images that you can see according to your perspective. It is good to see these words through many sets of lenses according to our different and yet empowering and humanizing perspectives.
Carrying the burdens together in ending racism is doable when we seek to affirm the dignity of every human being. Jesus demonstrated affirming the dignity of every member of his community under oppression even when he faced the risk of becoming a victim of injustice that brought him death.
The message of the text and images is our 40 SECOND HOMILY: CARRYING THE BURDENS TOGETHER.
Here are our 40 SECOND HOMILY line sentences: