by Rita Melgares, Notre Dame Sisters Assoicate
Readings for this 13th Sunday in Ordinary Times are filled with my favorite themes of joy and happiness.
We begin with the Entrance Antiphon, Psalm 47, a hymn calling on us to acknowledge that God is the Ruler of all Nations, and that all people (all of us!) should call out to God – not quietly nor softly – but clap our hands, and with shouts of joy, sing praises to God, the great king over all the earth!
This call for joy is repeated in the Responsorial Psalm, Psalm 89, where we rejoice over God’s promise to David of His enduring goodness and love for us, and we express our happiness that we know God, and that we walk in the radiance of God’s face.
Sunday’s Gospel is from Matthew. Matthew’s Gospel introduces a perspective which allows us, as followers of Jesus, to change our lives. The Gospel Reading is from Matthew 10:37-42, where the instructions to the Apostles – Conditions of Discipleship – are set out.
No middle ground with Jesus. He came into a world, much like our world today: a strange world with many conflicting ideas and with many incomprehensible things taking place. Jesus came into a world of hatred and confusion. He brought with Him a message and a power available to anyone willing to listen.
What instruction – what Condition of Discipleship – will Jesus ask of you this week? What condition in your life will you surrender so that you may follow Jesus?