The call to discipleship

Reflection by Nancy Flores-Mai, Adult Spirituality and Formation Coordinator

The readings this week speak to me about the call to radical discipleship.  Jesus, coming and sharing in our humanity, is our model of holiness.[1]  In His ministry we see Him welcoming the stranger and socializing with people of all ranks, the rich and poor alike.

In the first reading, we see the example of the hospitality extended to the prophet Elisha by the woman and her husband.  This is a real example of a couple sharing their resources with others.  They literally invited someone to live in their home!  This prompts me to think about how I can share my resources.  As a disciple of Christ, I am called to practice the Corporal and Spiritual Acts of Mercy.  How can I share the gifts I have received from God to feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty, visit the sick or shelter the homeless? 

In St. Paul’s letter to the Romans I am reminded about what actually happens at Baptism.  We become adopted children of God, members of Christ and incorporated into His Mystical Body, the Church. Being Baptized in Christ Jesus I have a new life.  I am His hands, His feet, His heart, His presence in the world.  Jesus became flesh in order to save us[2] and that we might know God’s love.[3]  His actions demonstrate the immense love He has for us, especially seen in His Passion, Death and Resurrection.    

In the Gospel reading Jesus tells the apostles “whoever does not take up his cross and follow after me is not worthy of me.”  Jesus is to be loved above all including family.  He is calling the apostles to radical discipleship!  Am I ready to pick up my cross?  Do I love others above Jesus?  Knowing in my heart that I matter to Jesus, that He chose to die for me is the reason why I choose to ‘lose my life for His sake’ and to live for God in Christ Jesus. 

[1] CCC 459.

[2] CCC 457.

[3] CCC 458.

The call to discipleship