Today, the thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary time of the liturgical year, Jesus continues to teach us about discipleship and what it means for us to follow him. In the Gospel Jesus said; “Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me, and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me; and whoever does not take up his cross and follow after me is not worthy of me. Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it…” It is a call to follow Jesus wholly in his evangelical mission to serve.
Our relationship with God should be first. God offers himself to us to do his work diligently and we should be able to respond to his call. If we don’t respond to God’s call, we are simply telling God that his offer has no value for us and doesn’t mean anything to us.
Again in Matthew’s Gospel 6:33; Jesus emphasized: “More than anything else, put God's work first and do what he wants. Then the other things will be yours as well.” Jesus wants us to deepen our relationship with him before anything else. Saint Paul encourages us in his letters to the Romans 8:35 not to allow anything to separate us from the love of God.
Thus, God reaches to us when we honor him and make him first place in our lives, just like the woman in the first reading today. She paid attention and supported the mission of God in God’s messenger, Elisha, before everything else. As a result, God reached her and changed her life through the prophet, Elisha. Elisha told the promise of God upon her life. Thus, “This time next year you will be fondling a baby son.” What a blessing and a reward, the joy of honoring God with our whole life.
God really cares for us and he wants us to make more room for him in our lives, our hearts, and in our thoughts.
God is good…all the time.
God bless you.
Fr. Daniel E. Ogbeifun