In today’s gospel, Jesus called people to “follow him”, but they wanted to do something else first, ‘bury a father, say good bye to parents.’ What Jesus says is that ‘following him’ is more important than other things. They were given the opportunity to follow Jesus, but each one gave a different excuse. Their problem was not that they could not follow Jesus, but rather that they would not follow Jesus.
What we can learn from the text is a great principle about obeying Jesus. Jesus wants your prompt obedience. There is no need of any introductions and any other consequence but obedience to the call. Jesus also wants particular obedience. Whether you are ordained or not every Christian has the same mission: every one of us has been called and given the duty of proclaiming and building the kingdom of God.
In the epistle reading, Paul points out that we have freedom when we follow Jesus Christ. This freedom was purchased at the great cost of Jesus’ own life. It is not something for nothing but in fact, it means becoming like slaves ourselves by giving our lives in love and service, just as Jesus did.
The apostle Paul challenges his readers and us to live that way by saying: “For freedom Christ has set us free. Stand firm, therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery. For you were called to freedom, brothers and sisters; only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for self-indulgence, but through love become slaves to one another. Live by the Spirit. And be guided by the Spirit.”IL–WOONG.
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