“Being a ‘Disciple’ – an ever-faithful and committed Christian!”
(Based on Gen 18:16-33 and Mt 8:18-22 – Monday of the 13th Week in Ordinary Time)
We are living in an age of an insistent inclination to the “Instant”….
We seek for…
Instant Solutions to problems…
Instant end to difficulties…
And sadly… even an inclination for Instant Christianity!
Christianity sometimes gets reduced to…
… Going to Church once in a while especially on a Sunday or a Feast day
… Saying a few prayers time to time
… Reading a few verses from the Bible.. etc…
And then expecting Instant blessings and favours!
But is this all that Christ intended with Christianity?
What does it mean to be a Follower of Christ?
There are various categories or classifications in the job sector.
Some do a full time job
Some do it part time
Some do it on a contract basis
Some do it to achieve a target.
Am I a Christian, as a full timer…?
Or have I reduced it to a part time affair, or in terms of some contract or promises, or in order to achieve some wants and desires?
The Gospel of the Day is a call to re-look at some of the motives and intentions in our following of Christ.
The Gospel of the Day begins with the verse:
Mt 8:18 – “When He saw the crowd press around Him, Jesus gave orders to cross to the other shore”
The preceding verses in Chapter 8 of the Gospel of St Matthew present Jesus performing many miracles and healings…
… and a “Crowd” being attracted to the Lord.
Where there is a miraculous event, a crowd gathers….
But the Lord, wished to sift this Crowd.
He says, “Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests; but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His Head” (Mt 8: 20)
Jesus does away with any promise of security and comfort
He discourages people from following Him for having a better material life!
It was not that He didn’t want many people…
… but He wished to purify their motives & make them authentic in their following Him!
He sifts and sieves and strains the “Crowd”…to get together the “Disciples”.
Where there is a miraculous event, a crowd gathers…
But when there is an exhortation in being committed to that miraculous event…
… the crowd is filtered…and only the Disciples remain back!
The Lord is asking us today…
Are we just a part of the CROWD…?
… or are we ready to be filtered, and be a DISCIPLE?
It is easy to be part of a Crowd….
We can enjoy the occasional miracles
We can relish hearing the Word of God
But it is not easy to be a Disciple…
The experience of external miracles would be few
The Word of God would not just be heard, but also be expected to be lived and practised in life!
There would be no guarantee of any security in life
Many of the personal desires would have to be left behind…
To be a Disciple is hard…
… undoubtedly painful…and certainly, demanding
But to be a Disciple is also joyful…
… undoubtedly satisfying…and certainly, exciting!!
The Crowd is Casual…
… the Disciple is Dedicated!
The Crowd is Dichotomous…
… the Disciple is Committed!
What are we going to choose?
To be part of the “Crowd” – an Instant and easy-going Christian?
… or to be a “Disciple” – an Ever-faithful and committed Christian?
Your answer please?
God Bless! Live Jesus!
Discovering the beauty of the Catholic Church through the Catechism:
THE MYSTERIES OF JESUS’ INFANCY AND HIDDEN LIFE
The coming of God’s Son to earth is an event of such immensity that God willed to prepare for it over centuries.
He makes everything converge on Christ: all the rituals and sacrifices, figures and symbols of the “First Covenant”.
He announces Him through the mouths of the prophets who succeeded one another in Israel. Moreover, He awakens in the hearts of the pagans a dim expectation of this coming.
St. John the Baptist is the Lord’s immediate precursor or forerunner, sent to prepare His way.
“Prophet of the Most High” John surpasses all the prophets, of whom he is the last.
He inaugurates the Gospel, already from his mother’s womb welcomes the coming of Christ, and rejoices in being “the friend of the bridegroom”, whom he points out as “the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world”.
Going before Jesus “in the spirit and power of Elijah,” John bears witness to Christ in his preaching, by his baptism of conversion, and through his martyrdom.
When the Church celebrates the liturgy of Advent each year, she makes present this ancient expectancy of the Messiah, for by sharing in the long preparation for the Saviour’s first coming…
… the faithful renew their ardent desire for his second coming.
By celebrating the precursor’s birth and martyrdom, the Church unites herself to his desire: “He must increase, but I must decrease” (Cf. CCC # 522-524)