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Daily Prayer 2016-06-26
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Choosing Between Two Goods
U. S. A. | SPIRITUAL LIFE
June 26, 2016 - Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Father Matthew Kaderabek, LC
Luke 9: 51-62
When the days for his
being taken up were fulfilled, he resolutely determined to journey
to Jerusalem, and he sent messengers ahead of him. On
the way they entered a Samaritan village to prepare for
his reception there, but they would not welcome him because
the destination of his journey was Jerusalem. When the disciples
James and John saw this they asked, "Lord, do you
want us to call down fire from heaven to consume
them?" Jesus turned and rebuked them, and they journeyed to
As they 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."
(To him) Jesus said, "No one who sets a hand
to the plow and looks to what was left behind
is fit for the kingdom of God."
Lord, I wish
to put aside all distractions and to give you my
total focus. I will do nothing more important today than
to meditate prayerfully on your goodness and your active role
in my life. Though I am unworthy to be in
your presence, I trust in your mercy and love. Through
this moment of prayer I want to draw closer to
you and learn to live more like you.
Lord, may the
enticements of the world pale in comparison with you.
Only One Thing Is Necessary
Temptation is a choice between good
and evil. But sometimes what is harder than making the
choice between these two opposites is choosing between two goods.
Such is the situation in which the would-be disciples in
today’s Gospel passage find themselves. In such cases, we could
say that a good occasionally becomes the enemy of what
is best. Sometimes we need to say no to a
good option in order to embrace the one thing necessary.
In today’s Gospel, as well as in tomorrow’s, we encounter
people who might have become Christ’s close followers, who might
have even been chosen to be one of his Apostles,
but who were held back by other concerns or motives.
Is my own heart open to Christ and his ways
or do I lack detachment in some area of my
Patriotism Must Come Second
The first incident is
the encounter between the messengers of Jesus and the Samaritan
villagers. It is likely that the Samaritan villagers had heard
of Jesus the miracle worker and were anxious to see
a sign or to hear him preach. But the concern
that holds them back and keeps them from following Jesus
is their patriotism. The Samaritans and the Jews had been
bitter enemies for centuries and systematically avoided all unnecessary contact
with each another. When they learned that Jesus and his
disciples were Jews and were headed for Jerusalem, their interest
became opposition. We would have to agree that patriotism and
devotion to the national cause are both good things in
themselves. But when nationalism or ethnic sentiments become the eyes
through which one sees all reality, including spiritual and eternal
reality, one is in danger of losing the proper perspective.
Once You Have Set Your Course, Don’t Look
Let us consider the man who wants to follow Jesus,
but wants toxxgo and say farewell to his family first.
We cannot help but feel that we would have done
the exact same thing as this would-be disciple. Didn’t our
parents teach us when we were young to inform them
about when we were leaving the house and when we
would be back, and where we were going, and with
whom? This man has high social and family values. One
could only hope that all men could be this sensitive
to let their families know their whereabouts. Yet, before the
urgent call of the Kingdom of God, social and family
concerns take a back seat. “No one who puts a
hand to the plow and looks back is fit for
the kingdom of God” (Luke 9:62).
Conversation with Christ
Lord, I am
distracted by so many things in life. Even though many
of them are legitimate. I must learn to keep my
eyes focused on you and trust in you. Half-way surrenders
do not interest you. You want all of my heart.
Help me to give it to you willingly and joyfully.
will recommit to living wholeheartedly for God today. Even though
certain members of my family are likely to call me
a “fanatic”. Or tell me that I’m “getting carried away.”
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