Homily :: July 2, 2017
07/02/17: Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
07/02/17: Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time - Fr Dave Reeson
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07/02/17: Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time - Fr Pat Nields
The reality of early Christian discipleship always had the potential of being harsh. Hard choices had to be made and these choices could effect one’s relationship with one’s family. Keep in mind that family membership, identity, support, and care were held in highest honor by the culture of Jesus. Family was everything. The teaching of Jesus does not say that one should value and love family less, but it does say that one must value and love Jesus more (Mt 10:37). If ever one had to choose between family or Jesus the choice always had to be Jesus. This is a true test of discipleship and some would find it impossible.
Disciples must know that the way of discipleship is not a way of glory, power, and wealth. It is, at its core, the way of the cross (Mt 10:38). Without the cross there is no resurrection. Without death there is no new life. For a disciple what really constitutes life will appear like death to others, and what others see as death will be life for a disciple (Mt 10:39). Discipleship is fundamentally a counter-cultural way to live. The disciple represents Jesus on earth. Therefore whoever receives a disciple in effect actually receives Jesus. In turn, whoever receives Jesus will actually be receiving God (Mt 10:40). Often this all takes place anonymously.
Christian prophets who were often itinerant missionaries deserve to be received as those who speak in the name of God (Mt 10:41). This was not always easy to determine and was sometimes a judgment of faith. Still whoever is willing to risk and to reach out to meet even the most basic needs of a disciple will receive a just reward (Mt 10:42).
By Fr. Eugene Hensell, OSB © 2005, OCP. All rights reserved.