Friday, June 24, 2016

The Sunday Word

This week we celebrate the Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time. Our readings are filled with metaphors.

In the second reading, Paul offers a fundamental rule: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Saint Paul warns against biting and devouring one another.

And then in Sunday’s Gospel from Luke, Jesus encounters someone who enthusiastically states: “I will follow you wherever you go.” And Jesus responds: “Foxes have dens and birds of the sky have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to rest his head.”

Jesus uses metaphor to explain that to truly follow him one must be ready to leave the comforts of home.

Along his journey Jesus invites another person to follow him. However, the individual asks if he can first stay and bury the dead. Jesus responds: “Let the dead bury their dead.”

And a third person offered to follow Jesus but first wanted to go to say goodbye to his family. Jesus replies: “No one who sets a hand to the plow and looks to what was left behind is fit for the kingdom of God.”

Today I pray to hear God’s call to be a true follower of Christ.