June 26, 2022 – The Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
I Kings 19:16,19-21 + Galatians 5:1,13-18 + Luke 9:51-62
When the days of the rapture of Jesus were accomplished, he decided resolutely to go to Jerusalem….
This Sunday, as we return to Sundays in Ordinary Time, Jesus sets out for Jerusalem. The name “Jerusalem” literally means “city of peace”. Yet Jesus knew that Jerusalem would be the place of his crucifixion and death. When today’s Gospel event occurred, Jesus knew that the easy life of his first thirty years was over.
The Church will celebrate Sundays in Ordinary Time until the end of the liturgical year at the end of November. During these weeks, our Gospel passage will follow each Sunday this journey of Jesus towards Jerusalem as recounted by Saint Luke the Evangelist.
As Jesus heads resolutely towards the City of Peace, He knows that His calling is to bring peace to every human being. Jesus at the Last Supper said: “Peace I leave you, my peace I give you” [John 14:27]. For Jesus, this physical walk to Jerusalem symbolized the greater journey He would later make on Good Friday on the hill of Calvary. We cannot overestimate the significance of Jesus’ death. Without this moment, everything in our own lives would be meaningless, because to paraphrase Our Lord: “What good would a man be if he could earn everything in this world, but not eternal life in the next?
In your life, ask yourself how seriously you take the two most important moments of your life: the two moments that determine whether your life will be a life of peace. You speak and pray on these two moments when you recite the “Hail Mary”. The first is now, and the second is your time of death. You do not pray in the “Hail Mary” about the hour of your birth or the birth of your first child, nor about your graduation or the graduation of your last child; nor from your wedding day or the day you bought your first home. You don’t even pray for the day of your baptism.
The two most important times in your life are now and the time of your death. Perhaps we know other people who live as if the moment of death will never come: they only live for “now”. The fact is, however, that every “now” of our life has a direct impact on the eternal home that God will send to us at the time of our death. Everything we do now, or don’t do now, is about this moment at the hour of death.
Each of us as a Christian does not control his life. If you believe that you are in control of your life, the life you imagine to be yours is certainly not the life that God wants for you, and that Jesus died to give you. If you are firmly resolved to prepare for the moment of your death, you will be firmly resolved in the “now” of each moment to follow what God calls you to do.
God’s call for men and women to engage in various ways of life – marriage, consecrated life and ordained priesthood – is certainly important for each person. But these calls are not the only calls God makes. Every day, God calls us to follow him in different ways by serving others. If we worthily receive the True Body and Blood of Jesus in the Eucharist, He will strengthen us in each “now” of the coming week to follow Jesus more closely, in order to live more fully, bearing the peace of our Heavenly Father. .