Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Scripture Reading: Matthew 10:37-42
At today’s Mass, Jesus seeks to talk to us not about the blessings, advantages, thrills and excitement of being a disciple, rather about the hazards and sacrifices of discipleship. He says clearly and loudly in these words, “Anyone who does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me. Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.” Jesus is not in want of admirers, His thirsts is for faithful disciples. Jesus abhors men and women, pastors/priests in Christian clothing who use Christian platforms for personal gains. Fr. G. Ehusani complements this, “The Lord Jesus does not want premature, half-hearted commitment. No one declares his or her intention to follow Jesus who has not carefully calculated the cost. No, Christian discipleship must be total. It demands the re-ordering of values and relationships on the spiritual, moral, social, economic, and political level……”
Another condition for discipleship is in the area of the disciple’s affections. Discipleship is an unparalleled love for Christ. Jesus says, “Anyone who loves his father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves his son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me”. So, Jesus thirsts for disciples whose love for Him transcends all earthly love. This does not mean we should not love our relatives, for when Jesus holds first place in our affections, our capacity to love our relatives will be easier. Although when a clash of loyalty arises, a true disciple of Jesus will allow his love for Christ to prevail.
Another demand for discipleship is the carrying of the Cross. Jesus says, “Anyone who does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me.” We can avoid carrying the cross simply by conforming our lives to the world’s standards such as when we cheat at exams or at market places, give or accept bribe, lie or steal. Whenever we promote abortion and gay unions, promote pleasure over responsibility, etc., we are simply rejecting the Cross and accepting the world’s standards.
MASS: GREEN 2Kgs 4:8-11.14-16a; Ps 89:2-3.16-17.18-19(R.2a); Rom 6:3-4.8-11; Accl. 1Pet 2:9; Mt 10:37-42
- Thank God for His word today.
- Repent and ask for mercy for the times you have fallen short of the demands of discipleship.
- My adorable Jesus, it was my sins that condemned You to die. I beseech You, by the merits of Your death, to assist my soul on its journey to eternity.
- I love You, Jesus, my Love, above all things. I repent with my whole heart for having offended You. Never permit me to separate myself from Youagain. Grant that I may love You always; and then do with me as You will.
Exercise: Confess this: Jesus I love You; all I have is Yours … (3x)
Meditation: Luke 14:26-27