This Week’s Vincentian Reflection
THIRTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
June 30, 2013
Gospel: (Luke 9:51-62)
When the days for Jesus’ being taken up were fulfilled, he resolutely determined to journey to Jerusalem, and he sent messengers ahead of him…As they were proceeding on their journey someone said to him, “I will follow you wherever you go.” Jesus answered him, “Foxes have dens and birds of the sky have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to rest his head.” And to another he said, “Follow me.” But he replied, “Lord let me go first and bury my father. But he answered, “Let the dead bury the dead. But you, go and proclaim the kingdom of God.” And another said, “I will follow you, Lord, but first let me say farewell to my family at home. To him Jesus said, “No one who sets a hand to the plow and looks to what was left behind is fit for the kingdom of God.”
The gospel is about a journey, but the end isn’t something anyone would choose. The end is Jerusalem and Jesus is “resolutely determined” to get there. Jesus was resolutely determined to go to his own suffering and death, because he knew that this was the only way to establish God’s kingdom. Our own decision to follow Jesus has implications. For ourselves, the implications lie in terms of our dying to ourselves so that our own actions can also bring salvation to others and help establish God’s reign. Following Jesus to Jerusalem, then, isn’t simply about a personal response to a divine invitation; it is the way God’s reign is established.
Jesus, on his way up to Jerusalem, sent, “messengers on ahead of Him.” If we are to be faithful messengers of Jesus Christ, we must have grasped well the message of God. The message of Christ is caught rather than taught. Our Lord always manifested the gentleness and humility that we his followers must try at all times to show. One cannot give a message to another person unless one knows clearly what the message is. So, too, with us who are messengers of God; we must be familiar with and know well what it is God wants to say through us. (McCullen, Deep Down Things, p.488)
Discussion: (Share your thoughts after a moment of silence)
How can we become better “messengers” of God?
As disciples on the journey,
-may we travel together in charity and service.
As servants of the poor and one another,
-may we reach out our hands in charity and service.
As we bear each other’s joys and sorrows,
-may we reach out our hearts in charity and service.
As we daily embrace the call to greater intimacy with God,
-may we reach out our souls in charity and service. Amen