July 1, 2013

The Gospel Today

Monday of the Thirteenth Week in Ordinary Time

Mt. 8:18-22

When Jesus saw a crowd around him,
he gave orders to cross to the other shore.
A scribe approached and said to him,
“Teacher, I will follow you wherever you go.”
Jesus answered him, “Foxes have dens and birds of the sky have nests,
but the Son of Man has nowhere to rest his head.”
Another of his disciples said to him,
“Lord, let me go first and bury my father.”
But Jesus answered him, “Follow me,
and let the dead bury their dead.”

Reflection (Sem. Tommy Lira):

It takes courage…

Anyone who wants to become followers of Jesus must have a personal encounter with Him. Perhaps a renewal experience that somehow will effect a change in his life, an inner conversion I must say. But as to the question of how he will be able to sustain it, makes a difference. Why? It’s because it takes a lot of courage to live the world of discipleship. The challenges along the way as well as the persecution are inevitable. However, if we stay focus on what we believe in, then consolation awaits to those who persevere.

The quality of discipleship depends on the quality of courage we put on. It should be radical and sacrificial. It is the willingness to let go of the things that are not needed for the journey. It is the capacity to sacrifice for the sake of the kingdom of God. In the Gospel today, even God has nowhere to lay his head.  He even told his disciples to let go of the dead. Maybe in someway God is telling that person to focus his attention or business to God. Are we ready to embrace what it cost to be a disciple? I hope our identity as Christians is based not on human standards but according to God who called us.

Maybe some of us are still struggling with anger problem or with alcohol or some kind of hidden addiction. We try to hide it because we are embarrassed and sometimes we beat that problem on our own. But God is calling us to have courage and accept our iniquities and make a change, a decision, a firm choice to become a better person. It is not easy to stay in doing the right thing, but if we want to follow God it takes courage to fight the battles ahead. Rest assured God will fight for us.

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