Wednesday, October 01, 2014
26th Week in Ordinary Time
St. Theresa of the Child Jesus
1st Reading: Jb 9:1-12,14-16
Gospel: Luke 9:57-62
As Jesus and his disciples went on their way, a man said to him, “I will follow you wherever you go.” Jesus said to him, “Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests; but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.”
To another Jesus said, “Follow me.” But he answered, “Let me go back now, for first I want to bury my father.” And Jesus said to him, “Let the dead bury their dead; as for you, leave them and proclaim the kingdom of God.”
Another said to him, “I will follow you, Lord, but first let me say goodbye to my family.” And Jesus said to him, “Whoever has put his hand to the plow and looks back is not fit for the kingdom of God.”
(Daily Gospel in the Assimilated Life Experience)
A repair shop had this notice posted at its entrance: “We repair anything (Please knock hard on the door because the doorbell is out of order).” Would anyone avail of the services of this repair shop? The commitment to repair anything is one thing, credibility is another!
In today’s Gospel three kinds of people committed themselves to Jesus. The first made the most radical commitment. He said: “Lord I will follow you wherever you go”. Jesus’ answer was apparently a check on his awareness of the consequences of his proposal. “Foxes have holes,” Jesus said, “and birds of the air have nests; but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.” To people making the same radical commitment to the Lord today, the same reminder is in order. While it is true that Jesus promises the hundredfold reward this promise is not to be the primary consideration of a follower. Followers should cling to Jesus for higher motives.
The second and the third attached their commitment to a suspensive condition. The second promised to follow the Lord after he had buried his father, while the third after he had said goodbye to his family. Many people do the same today by postponing life in the spirit until they are done with the world. These are the people who are most likely to panic in their old age for lack of time to make up for wasted spiritual opportunities. Only very few succeed as the thief at Calvary did when he got Jesus’ assurance of entry into heaven. Most of those who postpone their conversion to their deathbed die damned.
Following Christ accepts no delay. For one thing life is so short. “Our life is seventy or eighty for those who are strong” (Psalm 90:10). Even if our lifetime were to be stretched, soon it will snap like a rubber band stretched beyond its elastic limit. The inevitable must come. The bell of death is not out of order. It rings when it is supposed to ring, and when it does, only those with genuine commitments will enter the kingdom of heaven. – Rev. Fr. Dan Domingo P. delos Angeles, Jr., DM. Email:firstname.lastname@example.org. Website: www.frdan.org.
PRAYER FOR THE DAY: God our Father, purify our intentions so that in following Christ we may not be swayed by the allurements of this world. Grant this through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.
SAINT OF THE DAY: St. Theresa of the Child Jesus, Virgin. She was born at Alencon in France in 1873. While still a young girl, she entered the Carmelite monastery at Lisieux. There she lived a life of humility, evangelical simplicity and trust in God. By word and example she taught these virtues to the novices of the community. Offering her life for the salvation of souls and the growth of the Church, she died in September30, 1897.