June 30, 2013

13th Sunday - C (June 30, 2013)

Luke 9: 51-62

Following Jesus

This Gospel passage, with Jesus' demands for those who want to follow him, cannot be understood outside of the context of Jesus' own life and death.

And we find this context in the Gospel passage that we heard and reflected on a week ago.

"If anyone who wishes to follow after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me." (Luke 9:23)

Jesus himself knows what awaits him in Jerusalem.  Yet, "when the days for his being taken up were fulfilled, he resolutely determined to journey to Jerusalem."

He knows, and in his life, he lives what he teaches:  "For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it." (Luke 9:24)

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