The 23rd Sunday of the Year

Wis 9: 13-18 Phlm 9-10, 12-17, Lk 14: 25-33 (year c)

The Gospel according to Luke is a carefully depicted drama describing the final journey of Jesus to Jerusalem. Within that Holy City, hallowed by centuries of worship and suffering, his mission would be accomplished in his death and Resurrection.

From that same city, with the gift of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, his ministry would reach out to the whole world. Like those disciples long ago, we accompany Jesus on that journey to Jerusalem.

As Jesus challenged his disciples along the road, so he challenges us in the circumstances of our daily lives. Did they really understand what it meant to become his disciple? Were they, like him, willing to shoulder the cross daily so as to follow him? Were they willing to abandon life as they had known it in order to find themselves in him?

These are the fundamental questions that run through the Gospel. They are uncomfortable, and we, like those first disciples, tend to sidestep them.

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