ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel


Updated on July 11, 2011

14th Sunday in Ordinary Time, A

Do you want to be a millionaire? Well, could you blame anybody here in this Church for wanting to be a millionaire? With a million dollars you have great power! With a million dollars you can buy a lot of things, a car or even cars, an automobile, or perhaps a house, right?

I was in Jakarta, Indonesia just few days ago and I had my share of being a millionaire, believe it or not! When I first got to the airport, I had 200 hundred US dollars exchanged for the Indonesian currency and to my surprise, the guy gave me in exchange 1.7 million Rupiahs! And so, I told myself, “Finally, I’m a millionaire even for just a few days.” But, I as enjoy my trip, I realized that to have such an amount in Jakarta is worth a fortune. With 1.7 million rupiahs, I could buy a lot of things that, perhaps, not many people in Jakarta could buy. People work so hard out there just to have food at table. Yes, I was fortunate to have a million rupiahs while most of the people of Jakarta are burdened by the demands of daily living.

Now, are we burdened too? Are we that desperate to have a million dollars in order not to be burdened by anything in any way? Today’s Gospel as we go back to the ordinary time, we hear a clear-cut message from Christ Himself. A message of comfort and consolation that in the midst of daily burdens, we find solace in Christ Himself:

1. God promises a way out from the burdens that we carry. He said: “Come to me all you who are burdened and I will give you rest.” Implicitly, Jesus is telling His disciples that following Him, much more serving Him could be transformed into a period of rest. There is comfort in serving God; there is comfort in being God’s messenger.

We know of people, who work for the Church. They spend a great amount of time serving the Church than they probably should in their homes. They don’t get paid as they do it as an apostolate. They simply serve and do what’s good for the Church. To many of them they wonder why they would do it? Some find fitting answers, but most of them simply find comfort in what they do. They say, “Father, I feel at peace with myself each time I do this for the Church,” “Father, I find meaning to what I do, and though I’m old, I am for certain that I am doing something worthwhile for my community, and much more to God.” I think that this is what Jesus meant when he said about giving us rest. Our wholehearted service to the Church will give us our most deserved “rest.” It will give us comfort and it will lead us to peace. Moral of the message? Be a minister! Not necessarily a priest, but someone who could be a messenger of the word and at a certain degree become a “message” to other people as well.

My first two years of priesthood certainly were good learning years. I claim no glory much more great achievements. But as I hear Jesus’ words in today’s Gospel, it gives me some sort of a “push” to carry on that regardless of the burdens of criticism and unkind words which unavoidably we encounter at times, I cling to Jesus and to Him I find rest. I believe this goes to everybody as well in our own respective responsibilities. Always remember, there’s someone who could give us the “rest” that we deserve.

2. Jesus asks us to give up our burden and to carry His yoke instead: “For His yoke is easy, and His burden is light.” Is Christ’s yoke an added burden to our own personal yoke? Of course not! What He’s telling us is that we have to give up our own “yoke,” our useless burdens, which at times, are inessential to the path that Christ is leading us. Without us being aware at times, we are burdened by the demands of modern technologies; by the urge to possess useless things; and by the urge of too much materialism than spiritual nourishment. Christ asks us to give these things up in favor of the yoke that He asks us to carry through the nourishment we get from the Sacraments, the very yoke, which leads us to peace, and more importantly to the Father.

I was saddened to hear about Fr. Corapi’s decision to leave the priesthood in line with the accusations put upon his shoulders. What struck me though was his will to move on and not to totally extinguish himself from serving the Lord. He is right now in a state of tremendous burden and as a brother in the ministry, I pray that God may unburden him from this trial.

3. Jesus urges us that as we carry the yoke, we should carry it with another person if not the very Person of Christ. The word “yoke” by etymology is taken from Proto-Indo European word *yeug- which means “to join, or to unite.” By the word itself, it implies that it takes a pair to put the yoke to its better use. As Jesus urges us to carry the yoke, he wants us to be united with Him and in that sense, he then becomes not only our teacher but our helper and guide as well.

But how can Jesus help us carry this yoke? Well, He helps us in a lot of ways, one of which is to comfort us and to tell us how blest we are to be created by God. Hear these words from an online thought:

I am God. Today I will be handling all of your problems. Please remember that I do not need your help. If life happens to deliver a situation to you that you cannot handle, do not attempt to resolve it. Kindly put it in the “something for God to do” box. It will be addressed in My time, not yours. Once the matter is placed into the box, do not hold onto it (just like what Jesus was saying, we should give up our burden and carry His yoke instead). 

If you find yourself stuck in traffic; Don't despair. There are people in this world for whom driving is an unheard of privilege.

Should you have a bad day at work; Think of the man who has been out of work for years. 

Should you grieve the passing of another weekend; Think of the man in dire straits, working twelve hours a day, seven days a week to feed his children. 

Should you despair over a relationship gone bad; Think of the person who has never known what it's like to love and be loved in return. 

Should you notice a new gray hair in the mirror; Think of the cancer patient in chemo who wishes she had hair to examine. 

Should you find yourself at a loss and pondering what is life all about, asking what is my purpose? Be thankful. There are those who didn't live long enough to get the opportunity. 

Should you find yourself the victim of other people's bitterness, ignorance, smallness or insecurities; Remember, things could be worse. You could be them!!!!

So, do you still want to be a millionaire? If you still do and become one, please make sure to put the money to good use. To be able to unburden not only yourself, but those among us who have no means to unburden themselves from things that make their lives uneasy. However, if you do not want to be a millionaire as you may find it such a wild goose chase, then be rich spiritually by becoming a “yoke” to other people who would not only teach especially those who are ignorant about the faith but more importantly, help people overcome their daily burdens in life.


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • giopski profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Oakland, California

      I totally agree. As the value goes lower all the more people become weary about getting it. Truly, being rich spiritually is the best option.

    • Dave Mathews profile image

      Dave Mathews 

      7 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

      giopski: The truth of the matter is that in todays economy One million dollars does not go far. I would rather have God mete out to me that which I truly need than to give me more than I would know what to do with.

    • giopski profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Oakland, California

      Thank so much. Are we following each other? Hope to follow your blog too.

    • HAexpressions profile image


      7 years ago

      Very encouraging hub, thank you!


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)