Welcoming Christ In Others. Readings: 1 st : 2 Kg 4, This brief reflection was written by Fr. Njoku Canice Chukwuemeka, C. He is a missionary in Puerto Rico, the island of enchantment. On this thirteenth Sunday, the church exhorts us to welcome Christ in others. This is especially, through the messengers of God among us.
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Post a Comment. Pages Home About Fr. Butler's Homilies Apologetics. When I was a little boy and went to my catechism lessons the nuns, our teachers, used the famous Baltimore Catechism for their teaching guide. Paul and his companions traveling to Europe for the first time, to an area now in northern Greece, near the city of Philippi, to be exact. We sat and spoke with the women who had gathered there. One of them, a woman named Lydia, a dealer in purple cloth, from the city of Thyatira, a worshiper of God, listened, and the Lord opened her heart to pay attention to what Paul was saying. Because they are all firsts, and many times the first things are the most important things.
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Today we are reminded afresh by Jesus in the Gospel just what the cost of discipleship truly is. When He tells us that those who love father or mother, son or daughter more than Him are not worthy of Him, He is not telling us not to love our parents or our children. Hence, we can honestly say that Jesus was not saying, for example, that children should simply ignore the wishes of their parents in the name of the Gospel. Jesus was making very clear, however, that if we are going to truly live out the message of the Gospel and we are going to truly live what is rightly called a Gospel life, then it is inevitable that this Gospel way of living is going to come into conflict with the world and the ways of the world, and for many of us that might include otherwise unwanted unpleasantness or tension between ourselves and family members or friends, even our own parents or siblings. Why would the Gospel cause that kind of conflict? After all, the last three Popes have affirmed to us-each in his own different way-that to live a Gospel life is to live a joyful life. If we are going to truly follow Jesus Christ, what is being asked of each and every disciple of Christ-and hopefully that includes everyone here-is nothing less than a total commitment to Jesus. What Jesus is telling His Apostles here, and what He tells us in this passage, is that he asks nothing less than total commitment from anyone who would be His disciple. He repeats it in more than one place in the Gospels, because in the Gospel of Luke Jesus goes so far as to say that we cannot be His disciple at all if we put our family or our own lives and by this He means all of our worldly concerns before Christ Luke In the time of Christ people were concerned with the labors of daily life which, by our modern standards today, would have truly been taxing to most people, and Jesus is telling His followers not to be as concerned with the things of this world, with the necessary drudgeries of life, as they are with being His disciple.
When I was very young, which is a long time ago, there was a movie star called Tallulah Bankhead. And I bet only about three people in the whole church remember who Tallulah Bankhead was. Well, she was a movie star and a rather famous one. And she was what we say a brassy, sassy kind of lady and so that made her very quotable. And Luke understands this. And the events of that journey end, as we all know, in his arrest, in his suffering, nailing to the cross, dying and, of course, rising again. And we walk with Jesus and, at the end of the journey, we, too, walk into eternity, because the end of the journey is our death and resurrection.