13th Sunday in Ordinary Time

June 26, 2016


Last week, Jesus asks his disciples a definitive question:  “Who do people say that I am?”  I wonder if you gave this question any thought in your own life? Do your actions and words support your thoughts?

Because today’s Gospel picks up on last week’s question: there are implications for acknowledging Jesus as our savior. In today’s Gospel, the command to follow is complete. For Jesus, the desire to truly follow is all or nothing; and yet we know, we are too often on the fence.

There is no question that Jesus’ requirements for discipleship – for following him, can hit us as a bit harsh. For this reason, I think many of us instinctively say to ourselves that this text is not to be lived as it is heard. After all, Jesus who loves us, would really be so mean. .

But there are in fact serious questions for us to ponder.

  • How do you feel called to follow Jesus?
  • What does it mean to you?
  • What sacrifices must you make?
  • What priorities must you establish?
  • What or who distracts you from your own call to discipleship?

CLICK HERE for the readings for 13th Sunday of Ordinary Time (1 Kings 19:16,19-21, 13:1; Psalm 16; Galatians 5:1,13-18; Luke 9:51-62)


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