Monday, June 30, 2014

Nowhere to Rest His Head

Monday of the Thirteenth Week in Ordinary Time

Thus says the LORD: For three crimes of Israel, and for four, I will not revoke my word; because they sell the just man for silver, and the poor man for a pair of sandals.  They trample the heads of the weak into the dust of the earth, and force the lowly out of the way.  Amos 2:6-7a

A scribe approached and said to him, “Teacher, 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.”  Matthew 8:19-20

Today’s Psalm and corresponding readings call to mind a song that was popular when I was growing up.  The refrain included the line: “And they’ll know we are Christians by our love.” Jesus wants us to be known not by what we say but by what we do.  “Why do you recite my statutes, and profess my covenant with your mouth, though you hate discipline and cast my words behind you?”  Psalm 50:16bc-17

The scribe calls Jesus, “Teacher.”  When Jesus replies to the scribe, he reveals the true identity -- that he is the Son of Man.  However, the would-be follower is not willing to give up the comfort of his home and bed, so only commits to following Jesus in word, not deed.

Contrast that to the insight in the Sunday Gospel from St. Peter yesterday which revealed a different truth:  “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” 
These readings point out what should be first and foremost – be a true follower.  Burying the dead was a commitment of the utmost importance.  However, Jesus even challenges that by asking people not to delay for a moment the decision to be “follow me.” 

Make a list of all that you have to do today.  Check your “To Do” list against the tripod of piety, study and action.  Where do they fall on the list among your priorities?  What action/love will you express?

This blog started in order to keep the team for the Men’s 106th Cursillo together while their “formation” was on hiatus.  In essence, we are all in team formation and all in hiatus until the lay director calls upon us to be on an active team. 

Who is there to support you as you experience dry spells and dark nights?  Your team, your group and your parish family are primary supporters. 

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