Thirteenth Week in Ordinary Time (Cycle I)

Monday 1 July
Genesis 18.16-33 Psalm 103 [102JB]:1-4, 8-11 Matthew 8.18-22

The desire of the two aspiring disciples to follow Jesus is at one level laudable but once they hear the conditions, we suspect that their response was ‘No thanks!’ In both cases the condition for discipleship is insecurity. The second man’s condition appears somewhat callous but the man wanted to have his bread and eat it. Jesus tells him to leave burial matters for those for whom material things such as money and wealth matter more than spiritual matters. Elsewhere Jesus expresses this choice in the words ‘But strive first for the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well’ (Mt 6.33 NRSV).

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