Message of the Week

Reflections from the June 26 Gospel

Luke 9:51-62
“No one who sets a hand to the plow and looks to what was left behind is fit for the kingdom of God.” What have we left behind? What have we traded in to become faithful followers of Christ?
The answer is different for all of us. Whatever the case, Jesus instructs us today to keep our focus on what lies ahead, namely, life in Christ and the ultimate hope of union with him in heaven. Keeping this focus can be quite a challenge. So often, it’s tempting to think that the grass is greener somewhere else. As Christians, we can fall into the trap of imagining that it might feel better to be … something else. But thoughts like these are not fit for our new life as disciples of Christ. As St. Paul says in today’s epistle, “For freedom Christ set us free.” May we embrace the gift of this true freedom and follow Christ without looking back.

Questions of the Week

Luke 9:51-62:
Why do think Jesus reacted so
strictly to his would-be followers?
1 Kings 19:16b, 19-21:
What questions do you think Elisha had
for Elijah?
Galatians 5:1, 13-18:
How do you use your Christian freedom?