To give a variety of views on the weekly readings, we are adding the “Reflections on the Gospel” produced by Dom Henry Wansborough OSB in the website “Wednesday Word”.
We will be pleased to receive any comments you may have on these notes.
The Thirteenth Sumday of Ordinary Time – Year C
As Jesus embarks on his great journey to his death at Jerusalem, the latter half of Luke’s gospel is marked by Jesus’ teaching on the difficulties and challenges of discipleship.
Right at the beginning of this section Jesus teaches the little lesson that the disciples must not be surprised or take vengeance when they are rejected. Then three lessons follow on the uncompromising demands of discipleship. These are not ‘counsels of perfection’, but demanded of every disciple of Jesus.
First, the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head. The disciple has no right to creature comforts.
Second (perhaps the most counter-cultural of all Jesus’ demands), burying a dead father was regarded as a sacred duty, and yet not even this may stand in the way of a response to the call of Jesus.
Third (a more rigorous condition than even Elijah demanded of Elisha), there must be no backward glance even to bid the family farewell. Not even the most sacred of natural ties may stand in the way of the demands of following Jesus.
Jesus expresses his teaching with maximum vigour; these conditions may seem unfeeling and unacceptably harsh. This is partly the nature of the Semitic language (the Aramaic which Jesus spoke), which rarely uses a comparative, ‘more than…’ It is either day or night, no dusk! There are no half measures. We must beware of softening what remains hard.
Where does following Jesus currently fit on your list of priorities?
Do any of your goals, activities, interests or desires for material comforts keep you from following Christ more closely?
Is there anything that you wouldn’t give up for Christ?
Dom Henry Wansbrough OSB
Please note that the text of Fr Martin’s Family Homily is usually posted on the website after the 10:30 Mass on the First Sunday of the Month.
There is now a new tab – under “Services” then “Family Life” – which has been added to provide a permanent home for the Family Homilies, where they can be referred to, and discussed, as part of our various parish educational programmes.
New homilies are planned to be monthly events. These will usually be delivered on the First Sunday of the Month – as part of the Parish Family Mass, in the celebration of which the children of the Parish play an active part.
Click on the blue link/title, above, to read them. The most recent is on top, and the older ones are retained there for future reference.
Fr Martin Gowman
Parish Priest; St Benet’s Beccles
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