What the prophet Zechariah can educate the world after Covid
Fourteenth Sunday of the year
Zechariah 9: 9-10; Romans 8: 9 & 11-13; Matthew 11: 25-30
"Rejoice with heart and soul, daughter Zion! See now, your king is coming to you. He is victorious, he is triumphant, humble and rides a donkey. "
The joyful call of the prophet Zechariah to hope, which was originally aimed at a broken and discouraged people, is powerfully addressing our own generation as we take the first unsafe steps to come from the devastation of the Covid 19 pandemic.
In Zechariah's words, the Lord had spoken about the insecurity of a people who had seen the destruction of Jerusalem, the death and humiliation of forced exile. Now the exiles could finally gather in the ruins of everything that had gone before. They faced a daunting task: rebuilding a city and its people.
Zacharias clear message was that this reconstruction would be based on God's saving power rather than the sinful pride that had destroyed the first Jerusalem. They were called to a god who would triumph, but who would come under them in humility rather than pride.
"He comes to you, humble and riding a donkey."
The pandemic forced us into a period of reflection as we take our first, uncertain steps into the future. We are facing the same question that was waiting for Israel to return to exile. What kind of society do we want to build and what do we want as a guideline?
In the future, Jesus rejoiced that his father intended to build for his people.
“I bless you, Father, Lord of Heaven and Earth, for hiding these things from the learned and the wise and revealing them to children. Yes, father, you enjoyed it for that. My father entrusted me with everything and nobody knows the father except the son and those to whom the son wants to reveal him. "
In Jesus Christ, the Word made flesh, the Father decided to bring forth his new creation. May the Holy Spirit open our hearts to the son's invitation to participate in building this new world.
"Come to me, everyone who works and is overwhelmed. Shoulder my yoke and learn from me, because I am gentle and humble. "
Then our new beginning in the power of our resurrected Lord will bring hope for the overburdened and healing for a wounded creation.