The baptized on earth, the souls in Purgatory, and the saints in Heaven all form one great big family called the Church. The Greek word for Church, ecclesia, means “the gathering” or “assembly.” God is gathering His children from the four corners of the earth, and from all of history. The Holy Spirit is tugging us to join this gathering, and we need to choose whether we are going to rise with the Saints, or stay stuck in the muck.
The truths of the Gospel undermine ancient cultural assumptions about slavery. Today the Gospel is working to undermine our contemporary culture of Consumerism. Jesus sets the price for discipleship: Being His disciple will cost you everything. Jesus isn’t talking about a contract (an exchange of goods and services); he’s referring to a covenant (an exchange of persons). We give everything, and we get Christ in return. And He is worth more than everything.
Disciples sit at the feet of the Master. They listen to His words. They watch his actions. They imitate Him. Some are sent to bring the Good News and prepare the way for the Master. Pray that we might be the ones He trusts to send as Disciples of the Good News.
Ordinary Time, 4th Sunday – Jesus predicts that the people of Nazareth will reject him — and they do! You can’t sing half-heartedly, you can’t love half-heartedly, and you can’t be a disciple of Jesus half-heartedly. Can we love as God does? (3 Feb 2013)