Reflections - June 26, 2016

“No one who sets a hand to the plow and looks to what was left behind is fit for the kingdom of God.”  Lk. 9:62
 
The Gospel this week tells us about the following of Jesus…..without looking back.  Not looking back means asking ourselves what are our priorities.  Because the Lord says:  “For where your treasure is, there also will your heart be”.  Mt. 6:21.  We sometimes give priority to many things that take away the peace, joy and freedom to choose to follow the Lord.  We forget that the following of Christ has to be consistent with what we believe in our private and public life.  In the following of Christ there may be inconsistencies between what we say we believe and later in what we do.
 
In this Gospel we find another example of following Jesus, but with conditions.  “I will follow you, Lord, but first let me say farewell to my family at home….”.  Of course this example does not mean that you should not have feelings for your family, this is not the sense, on the contrary, risking it all for Christ makes us love our family more with all the love and sacrifice that Jesus’ path offers us.
 
There is another example that the Lord gives us in following Him.  “No one who sets a hand to the plow and looks to what was left behind is fit for the kingdom of God”.  Not looking back means not remaining in the past with a distorted view of yesterday that leads us to nostalgia and negativity that is not of God.  We have to focus our thoughts on the undeserved kindness that the Lord has had for us by calling us and giving us His Salvation.  That is our priority.
 
In the Second Reading the Apostle Paul makes us ponder deeply what are our Christian priorities to follow the Lord.
 
“Live by the Spirit and you will certainly not gratify the desire of the flesh.  For the flesh has desires against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; these are opposed to each other, so that you may not do what you want.”  Gal:16-17.
 
In summary, the Apostle tells us to live according to our Christian vocation as baptized people and to try to do His Will in our lives.
 
Ask the Lord in the Eucharist for the grace to make you more conscience and that the greatest priority in your life be to recognize His presence, which is sometimes unexpected and unlimited, that pervades everything, even human miseries, which we sometimes do not understand and that sometimes can be an opportunity to free ourselves and be free and unconditional to follow Him carrying our daily crosses without looking back.