Vol: 43, No.49 23RD SUNDAY OF THE YEAR ( C) September 04 2016  
 

As the Gospels relate, Jesus himself called persons to be his disciples, which meant, first of all, wandering around with Jesus, and in word and deed bringing the kingdom of God closer to other people. Discipleship was based on a call. It involved personal allegiance to him, expressed in following him and giving him an exclusive loyalty (Lk 14:26-33). At least in some cases it meant abandonment of home, business ties and possessions, but in every case a readiness to accept the claims of Jesus first, whatever the cost, was demanded. Such an attitude went well beyond the normal pupil-teacher relationship and gave the word ‘disciple’ a new sense. Faith in Jesus and allegiance to him are what determine the fate of men at the last judgement (Lk 12-8f).
One becomes a disciple only when called by Jesus himself. The initiative always lies with Jesus alone; apart from his call, there is no recognizable motive for one to become a disciple and follow him. There are instances in Gospels when the would-be disciple takes the initiative, but all of these attempts fail, and there is no evidence that discipleship would have resulted. There is the example of the rich young man who turns to Jesus, but when the call to discipleship confronts him, he goes away sadly. According to Luke 9:57-60 several came to Jesus with the intention to be his disciples, yet failed to become disciples because they remained bound to their past.
The call of Jesus demanded a total break with the past. The disciples immediately left their families and their vocations and followed Jesus. So it could become a direct condition of

 
discipleship that only one who hated his or her own family was eligible to be a disciple of Jesus. It also called for self-denial and the distancing oneself from independent income. – AK

He was born in an obscure village
The child of a peasant woman
He grew up in another obscure village
Where he worked in a carpenter shop
Until he was thirty when public opinion
turned against him
He never wrote a book
He never held an office
He never went to college
He never visited a big city
He never travelled more than two hundred miles
From the place where he was born
He did none of the things
Usually associated with greatness
He had no credentials but himself
He was only thirty-three
His friends ran away
One of them denied him
He was turned over to his enemies
And went through the mockery of a trial
He was nailed to a cross between two thieves
While dying, his executioners gambled
for his clothing
The only property he had on earth
When he was dead
He was laid in a borrowed grave
Through the pity of a friend
Nineteen centuries have come and gone
And today Jesus is the central figure
of the human race
And the leader of mankind’s progress
All the armies that have ever marched
All the navies that have ever sailed
All the parliaments that have ever sat
All the kings that ever reigned put together
Have not affected the life of mankind on earth
As powerfully as that one solitary life.

– Dr James Allan Francis
September 2016 READINGS OF THE WEEK Psalter Week 3
05 Mon (G) Bl. Teresa of Kolkata & Teacher’s Day, 1 Cor 5:1-8/ Ps 5:5-7, 12/ Lk 6:6-11
06 Tue (G) 1 Cor 6:1-11/ Ps 149:1-6, 9/ Lk 6:12-19
07 Wed (G) 1 Cor 7:25-31/ Ps 45:11-12, 14-17/ Lk 6:20-26
08 Thu (W) Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Feast,
Mic 5:1-4/ or Rom 8:8-30/ Ps 13:6-7/ Mt 1:1-16, 18-23
09 Fri (G) St Peter Claver, 1 Cor 9:16-19, 22-27/ Ps 84:3-6, 12/ Lk 6:39-42
10 Sat (G) 1 Cor 10:14-22/ Ps 116:12-13, 17-18/ Lk 6:43-49
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