Thirteenth Sunday of ordinary time, year C

Posté par diaconos le 25 juin 2019

Gospel   Jesus, with a determined face, took the road to Jerusalem 

on the road with JesusWhen the days for his being taken up were fulfilled, he resolutely determined to journey to Jerusalem, and he sent messengers ahead of him. On the way they entered a Samaritan village to prepare for his reception there, but they would not welcome him because the destination of his journey was Jerusalem. When the disciples James and John saw this they asked, “Lord, do you want us to call down fire from heaven to consume them?” Jesus turned and rebuked them, and they journeyed to another village.

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 him, “Let the dead bury their 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.” Jesus said to him :  “No one who sets a hand to the plow and looks to what was left behind is fit for the kingdom of God.” (Lk 9, 51-62)

♦ Where does this picture come from ? → Message Previews – Brewster Baptist Church

 Homily   Following Christ…?

In the Gospel page, chosen for this celebration, Jesus meets a man who wants it, a man ready to follow him to the end of the world : « I will follow you wherever you go ». The man who said this probably did not know that Jesus’ journey passed through Golgotha. Jesus will cool his impulses: He does not seek to recruit at all costs. On the contrary, he stresses that it will be necessary to accept discomfort, poverty, insecurity… to follow him…: « Foxes have burrows, birds of the air have nests; but the son of man has no place to rest his head ! »

This underlines the consciousness that Jesus had when he went up to Jerusalem. It is heading towards a tragic destiny. Whoever wants to follow Jesus must also expect to be rejected. Jesus said to another man, « Follow me !  »The man replied : « First let me go and bury my father » But Jesus replied: « Let the dead bury the dead: You go and proclaim the kingdom of God »

This is one of the hardest words in the whole Gospel…a provocative, revolting word. In this verse, the word « death » does not have the same meaning: in one case, it is the deceased… but in the other, it is all the people who have not met Jesus, and who he dares to say are dead ! For Jesus, he or she who does not care about the things of God does not live in the strong sense: he or she is already dead!  A word that is hard to hear, a word that reveals the only true life, that of God, that of his Kingdom.

It is commendable to think of the deceased, but it is urgent to proclaim the Good News of the Gospel to all the living : there is not a minute to lose! There is an urgency of catechesis in a materialized world, an urgency of solidarity, an urgency of love, an urgency of apostolate. To follow Christ is to go against the current of fashions. To follow Christ is to move yourself before you want others to move !

Yet another said to him : « I will follow you Lord, but first let me say goodbye to the people of my house » Jesus answered him : « He who puts his hand to the plough and looks back is not made for the Kingdom of God ». The service of the Kingdom of God, demands immediately. God challenges our priorities. « Let me bury my father first »… » Let me say goodbye to my parents… » these are very legitimate requests.

These people are very serious, they are reasonable.  They have planned their « schedule »: first their personal affairs, then God’s affairs. And don’t we act too often towards God, like those people quoted in the Gospel ? Every Sunday, first rest, first do my training, first dedicate myself to my family, my friends and then if there is still time…go to Mass.

As summer approaches, let’s question our schedule! What is our scale of values ? Tanning first ? Health ? or the essential first.  In his letter to the Galatians, Paul recalls this essential  : « If Christ has freed us, it is so that we may be truly free. So hang in there, and don’t take back the chains of your former slavery. You have been called to freedom. May this freedom not be a pretext for satisfying your selfishness: on the contrary, for love’s sake, put yourselves at each other’s service.  » (Ga 5, 1)

Amen

  Deacon Michel Houyoux

External links

◊ RayFowler. org :  click here to read the article →    Roadblocks on the Road to Jerusalem

Where Jesus Walked

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