13TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
In our Gospel reading for this Sunday we see Jesus taking the road to Jerusalem. The story tells us that some people said that they would follow Jesus, these people really meant what they said until positive action is required. Then commitments and questions arise one man wanted to bury his father another wanted to say goodbye to the folks at home. Jesus reply to the first man was’ Leave the dead to bury their dead; your duty is to go and spread the news of the kingdom of God.’ Then Jesus tells the second man’ Once the hand is laid on the plough, no one who looks back is fit for the kingdom of God.’ Jesus Christ sets us free. We need to treasure this freedom. We need to treasure our lives in Him. But this takes courage. This takes determination. We cannot just say we are Christian. We have to be determined to live the Christian life. We are followers of Jesus who want to live our lives according to his teaching. We are committed, inspired and determined but we all seem to have so called ‘special circumstances’ where being a Christian doesn’t apply!! perhaps we have special reasons for not praying or going to Sunday Mass, we just have to do something else first. – perhaps we have special reasons for ignoring the call to justice, mercy and compassion for the vulnerable we just have to secure our own place in the world first perhaps we have special reasons for disrespecting our neighbour, or family or friends .The truth is that there are no special reasons to put off being a follower of Jesus: we either are or we are not. The wonderful thing is that we are not trapped by the past at every moment we can choose again to return to follow Jesus. In this time, in these circumstances when our faith is getting a battering in so many ways we can ask for the grace to take one step on the road to Jerusalem, and another and we will get there in the end but we have to keep on going.