The Gospel Today
Memorial of Saint Thérèse of the Child Jesus, Virgin and Doctor of the Church
When the days for Jesus to be taken up were fulfilled,
he resolutely determined to journey to Jerusalem,
and he sent messengers ahead of him.
On the way they entered a Samaritan village
to prepare for his reception there,
but they would not welcome him
because the destination of his journey was Jerusalem.
When the disciples James and John saw this they asked,
“Lord, do you want us to call down fire from heaven
to consume them?”
Jesus turned and rebuked them,
and they journeyed to another village.
Reflection (Sem. Tommy Gawain Lira):
The disciples should not expect to be treated better than his Master. But when Jesus is not welcome in the village of the Samaritans then it goes along with his disciples too. The cost of Christian discipleship is clearly stated as they journey towards Jerusalem.
Do we still need discipleship today? Yes! In fact, there were many reasons why we need discipleship. It has become useful and effective tool for us Christians, a good discipleship strengthens the bond of our faith to God and fellowship among the faithful.
If we want to be a disciple of Jesus we should be willing to pay the price. If we are ready to follow Him no matter what happens then: First, we have to deny ourselves. Human nature always seeks the welfare of the self because the self is more inclined to evil than good. Now, we have to decide because if we don’t decide we may probably have so many attachments in life. Second, carry our cross. What do we think the kind of cross do we carry? Are they big or heavy crosses? How do we carry them? Is it with a joyful heart and acceptance? Lastly, come follow in my footsteps. How? By imitating God’s actions, learning His ways and having the same attitude and disposition like Him in following the will of His Father.
There may be so many challenges along the way, but the Lord gives us the assurance that we will overcome them all. Jesus says, “Know that I am with you always until the end of the world.” Rest assured that He will carry our burdens, especially those which are too heavy for us to bear and only in the Lord will our hearts finds rest and discipleship becomes meaningful and joyful because we know we are serving the Lord.