Matthew 11: 25 — 30
Ordinary 14 Year A
NEW AMERICAN BIBLE
25 At that time Jesus said in reply, (14) “I give praise to you, Father, Lord
26 Yes, Father, such has been your gracious will.
27 All things have been handed over to me by my Father. No one knows
28 (15) “Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, (16) and I will
29 (17) Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and
30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden light.”
14 [25-27] This Q saying, identical with ⇒ Luke 10:21-22 except for minor variations, introduces a joyous note into this section, so dominated by the theme of unbelief. While the wise and the learned, the scribes and Pharisees, have rejected Jesus’ preaching and the significance of his mighty deeds, the childlike have accepted them. Acceptance depends upon the Father’s revelation, but this is granted to those who are open to receive it and refused to the arrogant. Jesus can speak of all mysteries because he is the Son and there is perfect reciprocity of knowledge between him and the Father; what has been handed over to him is revealed only to those whom he wishes.
Note by AHC — N.Z. The reference to a “Q saying” means material common
15 [28-29] These verses are peculiar to Matthew and are similar to Ben Sirach’s invitation to learn wisdom and submit to her yoke (⇒ Sirach 51:23, ⇒ 26).
16  Who labor and are burdened: burdened by the law as expounded by the scribes and Pharisees (⇒ Matthew 23:4).
17  In place of the yoke of the law, complicated by scribal interpretation, Jesus invites the burdened to take the yoke of obedience to his word, under which they will find rest; cf ⇒ Jeremiah 6:16.
Scripture texts in this work are taken from the New American Bible, revised