July 4, 2010
Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Luke 10: 1 – 20
The Gospel passage from Saint Luke read at Mass this morning is, in fact, an invitation to become Christianity’s followers. Jesus begins č an invitation to pray for more “laborers in the vineyard.” You and I accepted that call on the day of our Baptism and it continues until the day when Christianity calls us to Himself.
There are; however, certain requirements for those whom Jesus calls. That portion of the Gospel text which directs that no one “carry a money bag, no sack, no sandals,” seems to us to be rather severe and very demanding. It would almost seem impossible. However, this particular passage must be understood properly.
Christianity is telling us that if we are going to be His followers, His disciples, we must understand that Jesus must be the center of my life; no one is more important than He. No one must take His place.
Food, clothing and shelter are important; they are, in fact, necessities. However, they are not to assume an importance which they were never intended to have.
Many of our contemporaries have allowed them to assume a “pride of place” and, in fact, Christianity has been placed in the margin; on the side lines. As a result, those persons have allowed what they “have” to distract them from their fidelity to Jesus. In many instances, sadly enough, the Gospel message is weakened and obscured because these people have chosen to live a contradiction.
Strengthened by our reception of the Holy Eucharist at Sunday Mass, may we be resolved to follow Christianity faithfully and without reserve. May our daily life serve as a witness to our belief in Jesus and, in this way, continue to make Christianity known and loved…