FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD
Monday 27 June 2022 13th Week of Ordinary Time
When Jesus saw a crowd around him, he gave orders to cross to the other shore. A scribe approached and said to him, “Teacher, 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.” Another of his disciples said to him, “Lord, let me go first and bury my father.”
But Jesus answered him, “Follow me, and let the dead bury their dead.” (Matthew 8: 18-22)
How shall I live this Word?
Many times in the Gospel, Jesus orders the disciples to go to the other shore. Beyond the strict, literal meaning that can be given to this indication, I believe that there is in it an invitation addressed to the disciples to follow their Master with the attitude of one who continually sets in motion, trying to orient, in always a new way, the journey. More or less what the scribe who wishes to follow Jesus will have to do but also the disciple who asks to be able to bury his parent before following Him. The first, if he is truly interested in discipleship, must be willing to question his own certainties and understand that only in essentiality and humility is it possible to learn something more than the mystery of God, man, and the world. The second, if he really wants to enter into an ever-deeper relationship with the Master, he will have to reconsider, without taking it for granted, his own scale of priorities. Being willing to question beliefs and priorities, choosing essentiality and growing in humility are essential conditions for the disciples of Jesus.
Jesus, Divine Master, help us to live the beatitude of the poor in spirit to be Your true disciples! So be it!
The Voice of St. John Paul II – Homily 10 December 2000
Intellectual knowledge of Christ and His Gospel is not enough. To believe in Him, in fact, means to follow Him. For this we must go to the school of the Apostles, of the Confessors of the faith, of the Saints of all times, who have contributed to spreading and making the name of Christ loved through the witness of a life spent generously and joyfully for Him and for others.
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