Pastor’s Corner for the 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A, by Rev Fr. Nobert Munekani SJ
The readings for the 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time encourage us to make our relationship with God first in all we do. The first reading recounts how a woman provided hospitality to Elisha and was rewarded for her generosity. The psalm reminds us that all the good things in our lives come from God. And in the gospel Jesus tells us that we must stop clinging to our own self-interests to follow him.
- Discipleship and Priority: Jesus emphasizes the supreme importance of following Him wholeheartedly, even if it means putting Him above family relationships. He challenges His disciples to prioritize their commitment to Him above all else.
- Cost of Discipleship: Jesus acknowledges that following Him may result in division and conflict within families, highlighting the potential sacrifices and challenges that disciples may face for their faith.
- Love for Jesus: Jesus calls His disciples to love Him above all, indicating the depth of devotion and allegiance required in discipleship.
- Taking Up the Cross: Jesus instructs His disciples to take up their cross and follow Him, signifying the willingness to bear the burdens and endure hardships that come with following Christ.
- Hospitality and Reception: Jesus encourages His disciples to show hospitality and receive others in His name, emphasizing the importance of caring for and supporting fellow believers and those who proclaim the message of the Gospel.
- Reward and Recognition: Jesus assures His disciples that even the smallest acts of kindness and service done in His name will not go unnoticed by God, promising a reward and recognition in the kingdom of heaven.
For the sick
Let us continue to pray for the sick members of our parish, especially Benedicta Ngwebelele and Andrew Ledwaba.
Rev. Fr. Nobert Munekani SJ