An Invitation to Join the Mission of Christ
Sunday, June 30, 2019
There are three scenarios of would be disciples in today’s Gospel. Strains of the Elijah-Elisha story are apparent. To enter fully into discipleship means to commit to a lifelong and life-giving relationship. Such a commitment demands constantly moving forward without looking back to what was or was not accomplished. It also entails letting go of those relationships that would hinder the freedom to move the mission of Christ forward and to move forward with the mission.
Of the three persons whom Jesus invites to follow him, the first one is impulsive. He is willing to follow Jesus wherever he goes. In a surprising way, Jesus does not encourage him. He gives him a warning instead. The other two would be disciples want to take care of home matters before they cast their lot as disciples. Discipleship and its related activities, that is proclaiming the reign of God in word and deed, demands a singleheartedness and single-mindedness (Luke 14:25-33).
The Gospel give us an invitation today, whatever stage we find ourselves. The important point in all of this is to embrace justice, righteousness, loving kindness and steadfastness. “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”
Take time this week to determine how you will embrace the mission of Christ.
Thank you, Thank you, Thank you – to all who contributed to the Peter’s Pence collection which supports the charitable work of the Holy Father; to the members of the St. Vincent de Paul Society who helped organize this weekend’s food drive and to all of you who supported it; to those who organize Christmas in July and those who support this effort.
Please join us at mass on July 4 at 8:30 am as we celebrate and pray for our nation’s freedom.
Have a blessed week! Fr. Len