Monday of the Thirteenth Week in Ordinary Time
Today’s Gospel repeats yesterday’s but in shortened form. Why would the Church repeat a Gospel like that? There must be something significant here. There is indeed something vitally important, the most important in fact, that following Jesus must come before ALL else, even things considered good and necessary.
Our first reading highlights what happens when a people do not follow God—destruction. When we fail to follow Christ, we experience the natural consequences of our actions. When we allow the world to dictate our decisions, we fall prey to manipulation, exploitation, and hatred—it is from this that we suffer.
When we explicitly follow Christ and his law of love above all else, we slowly become free from the tyranny of sin and the world. Let us follow Christ, receive the help and graces he offers, and live in freedom.
Reflection by Fr. Etienne Huard, OSB