13th Sun C
Reflection is an essential element of our growth in Christ. As we reflect over what we have learnt and ponder it in our hearts, we come to recognise the presence of God in our lives.
This Sunday's Reflection
At the beginning of this Gospel, there is a little phrase that could easily be missed in the rest of the passage. It is 'to heaven'. This is one way of translating a difficult phrase, ‘fulfilment’ that not only refers to Jesus' death and resurrection but includes the culmination of his mission after his ascension in glory. It is in the light of this little phrase that sense is to be made of Jesus' resolute journey to Jerusalem. His final goal gives meaning to all that comes before.
As it should for the three people who would be his disciples. The first man who offers to follow Jesus sounds as though he is keen for the adventure. Discipleship is not that. It can be a journey through bitter homelessness and death to enter into our ultimate home, life in God. The other two would-be disciples are prepared to offer their commitment within the religious and social mores of their communities. These mores placed great emphasis on family commitment. But, for the disciple of Jesus, these are now superseded by the demands of the Kingdom of God.
And for ourselves, our everyday life should be coloured by the view of our final destination. This is not meant to drain our lives of savour or meaning but rather to enhance each moment, each relationship with a grace-filled truth: homes, parents, family come to their deepest meaning when seen as a gift from God, not as things that distract us or turn us away from our service of God.