13th Sunday in Ordinary Time
“…you too must think of yourselves as dead to sin and living for God in Christ Jesus.”
Is Jesus intending to be vague when speaking to his apostles about, “whoever?” This passage makes nine references to whoever. Who are these people addressed in the collective, whoever? They are those who are dedicated to their family members with great love. Am I wrong to sense Jesus vies for their affection? Total love is the demand placed on whoever is to follow him to the self-giving love of the cross.
Jesus puts forth a call to discipleship with the requirement to leave all attachment to family behind and to take on the way of life we find in the paschal mystery. Saint Paul names the whoever in saying, …we who have died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him.
In baptism, raised with Christ to newness of life, our activity as disciples having received Christ is to receive the Father who sent him. Three rewards come from living in Christ as prophet, as righteous person, and as a little one who gives ‘only a cup of cold water.’
We come to realize our own whoever/disciples belonging to God from the opening prayer, “children of light,” anointed in truth, and living in doing what is right. At the Eucharist, a community of whoever united in Christ with each person contributing to building up the Body of Christ. Think of the gift you bring to the altar. Appreciated the ways you daily encounter God’s love and care for you. Let joy fill your praise to the Father.
Let us pray
O God, who through the grace of adoption chose us to be children of light, grant, we pray, that we may not be wrapped in the darkness of error, but always be seen to stand in the bright light of truth. Amen.
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