Homily (Reflection) for Monday of the Thirteenth Week in Ordinary Time (II) (27th June, 2016) on the Gospel
(Saint Cyril of Alexandria, B.D, Opt Mem)

Amos 2:6-10.13-16;
Ps 49:16-23. (R. v.22);
Matt 8:18-22.

Topic: Following Christ.

Often, businesses are judged good or bad based on patronage. And sometimes while presenting them to people, certain things are left out just to ensure people’s patronage.

In today’s gospel, we see two would-be Jesus’ disciples, a scribe and the other one. When the scribe informed Jesus of his intention to follow Him, Jesus explained to him one of the hazards of the business, “Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests; but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.” We also see the necessity of following Christ in His response to the other who wanted to bury his father first, “Follow me, and let the dead bury their own dead.”

Jesus wants all to follow Him, cf. Matt 28:19. Although, it has its own hazards yet it is wrong to abscond for any reason, cf. Acts 6:2. Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life. No one goes to the Father, but by Him, cf. Jn 14:6. Whatever one sacrificed for the sake of Christ is kept safe, cf. Matt 19:29; Mk 10:30.

Jesus wants you too onboard. Will you accept or turn it down?

Bible Reading: 1Tim 6:11-19.

Thought for today: Christ wants you too.

Let us pray: Lord, give us the grace to follow You and to let the dead bury their own dead – Amen.

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