Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

This week the readings come from the first book of Kings 19:16b, 19-21; Psalm 16; Paul’s letter to the Galatians  5:1, 13-18; and Luke’s Gospel 9:51-62.

We hear about callings today, Elisha is called by Elijah in the first reading and Jesus talks about the call to follow the Lord. It’s a bit confusing since it seems that these reading are saying the exact opposite things Elisha asks to go back and say goodbye to his family while Jesus says let the dead bury the dead and those who go home aren’t fit to follow me. The thing is Jesus is saying that to follow him it will take everything that we have, but this is similar to what happens with Elisha he goes back and take the oxen and cooks it and gives it to the people, giving all his things to other to follow Elijah. Are we willing to give up everything that is important to us to follow Jesus, many of us struggle putting our phones down or not having constant contact through Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat or the countless other social networks that we belong to. To put it in simple terms we have to be changed people to be able to follow the Lord. It is not an easy thing to do, perhaps this is why we say we are “practicing” as we try to get it right, but that can only happen in the Lord.

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