26th Week in Ordinary Time – Wenceslaus
1st Reading: Job 9:1-12, 14-16
Job answered his friends and said: I know well that it is so; but how can a man be justified before God? Should one wish to contend with him, he could not answer him once in a thousand times. God is wise in heart and mighty in strength; who has withstood him and remained unscathed? He removes the mountains before they know it; he overturns them in his anger. He shakes the earth out of its place, and the pillars beneath it tremble. He commands the sun, and it rises not; he seals up the stars. He alone stretches out the heavens and treads upon the crests of the sea. He made the Bear and Orion, the Pleiades and the constellations of the south; He does great things past finding out, marvelous things beyond reckoning. Should he come near me, I see him not; should he pass by, I am not aware of him; Should he seize me forcibly, who can say him nay? Who can say to him, “What are you doing?” How much less shall I give him any answer, or choose out arguments against him! Even though I were right, I could not answer him, but should rather beg for what was due me. If I appealed to him and he answered my call, I could not believe that he would hearken to my words.
Gospel: Lk 9:57-62
As Jesus and his disciples were proceeding on their journey, someone said to him, “I will follow you wherever you go.” Jesus answered him, “Foxes have dens and birds of the sky have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to rest his head.” And to another he said, “Follow me.” But he replied, “Lord, let me go first and bury my father.” But he answered him, “Let the dead bury their dead. But you, go and proclaim the Kingdom of God.” And another said, “I will follow you, Lord, but first let me say farewell to my family at home.” Jesus answered him, “No one who sets a hand to the plow and looks to what was left behind is fit for the Kingdom of God.”
FOLLOW ME! To the one who opted to follow Jesus, he explains the stack reality of the cost of discipleship, the demands of the missionary lifestyle and the resoluteness it demands. Similarly, to the one he calls, he indicates the urgency of the vocation; it does not admit of conditions but requires total commitment. Reading through these brief dialogues between Jesus and the would-be disciples, we get some idea of the cost of discipleship. Jesus calls us everyday to be his disciples, to be his witnesses in the different contexts we find ourselves. He calls us to be witnesses of his love, of his mercy and forgiveness and of his truth. He calls us to reflect his light, tenderness and warmth. How many times have we declined, offered excuses, postponed our call to witnessing? How often do we give preference to family, friends, acquaintances, job, and so on?
Prayer – Lord help to hear your call to discipleship and enable us with your grace to respond promptly.