July 17, 2017
Monday of the Fifteenth Week in Ordinary Time
Over the last week or so we have been reading a section of Matthew’s Gospel that seems to be a directive for discipleship. Jesus tells the disciples to trust in God by taking nothing with them on the journey, to depend on the hospitality of others, and to offer peace and to proclaim the Kingdom wherever they go. Jesus also tells them that the journey of discipleship will not be easy, that they will be rejected and at times the peace they offer will not be accepted. And in today’s Gospel Jesus also tells the disciples that the struggles of discipleship may even start within the family and friends that they love.
In many ways, the picture Jesus paints of discipleship in Matthews Gospel today (Matt. 10:34-11:1) is one that seems impossible to embrace let alone live. The thought of being at odds with mother, father, sister and brother would make me wonder why I would want to journey down that road.
I think Jesus’ purpose for this instruction is simply to make it clear that if we get on board it is not an easy ride. The journey of a disciple is not the journey of a fairy tale; it is not the journey of “happily ever after.” The journey of a disciple is a difficult road with many challenges, many struggles, many difficulties and often a great deal of change. It is a journey of choices and decisions that are not always easy. Discipleship is the journey of the Cross and Jesus wants those who take it up to understand the consequences along with the joys and hopes.
Have a great Monday everyone and may the Passion of Jesus Christ be always in our hearts!
Father Paul Fagan, C.P.