Monday of the Thirteenth Week in Ordinary Time
— Deacon Anthony J. Cincotta
Memorial Feast: Saint Irenaeus (c. 130-+c.202) Bishop and Martyr, Patron Saint of the Archdiocese of Mobile, Alabama
Book of Genesis 18:16-33, Psalm 103:1-2, 3-4, 8-9, 10-11 , & Matthew 8:18-22
“Teacher, I will follow you wherever you go.”
Following Jesus is not a "part-time" vocation. It's not summed up by what we do on Sunday and Holy Days of Obligation. It's not developing a "prayer-time" with Jesus. It's not even doing good and avoiding evil. In the Gospel narrative of Saint Matthew, Jesus seems to say, in a very attention-getting way, following Him is about a radical transformation of our lives that involves a comprehensive commitment on our part.
The mission Jesus was given from His Father is immense. He was sent to announce God's salvation to the world and be an instrument of freedom from sin and death. The Lord Jesus enters our world and life fully and completely. He doesn't hold back from experiencing our human condition, from entering into solidarity with the most marginalized or those who suffer terribly. He chooses to be "with us" completely, even to the point of struggling in every way we struggle. Finally, He surrenders by falling into the hands of a loving God to be raised to new life.
Jesus' invitation to follow Him is an invitation to enter into our own lives without fear and with an open heart. Being His followers will certainly get us to examine our lives and how we live them. How much "stuff" do I need to accumulate? How much "success" do I need? Am I an advocate for anyone in need? Do the poor, in any way, benefit from my being a follower of Jesus?
Lord Jesus, it is so hard to examine our following of You. Yet, today, we thank you that You have chosen us to know you and to come to know Your love for all of us. As you give us the graces, we need to be more like You; please help us remain with you on Your mission. May others know we are Your followers by the love we have for one another.
Suggestion of the Day: Please re-read paragraph three above. Answer each question and truly examine your conscience to see if you are on the right path as a follower of Jesus.
Prayer: Loving Savior, You became the servant of us all. Let me serve You always in my brothers and sisters. Amen.