There is so much going on in our lives, and we have so many opportunities. Many of these are good for us, but some can stop us following the plan Jesus has for us.
Many times, I have heard ‘We didn’t come to Mass this weekend because we had sport, or we had a big night the night before’. Yes, sport and socialising are important, and you want to attend Mass, but we have so many commitments and so many things to do.
Today’s Gospel is very challenging, but Jesus is saying to us that our family ties and obligations can be an excuse or obstacle to us truly following Jesus. There is a cost to following Jesus.
In the Gospel, Jesus is asking us to place our faith at the centre of our life. It is our faith that leads our decision making. This is part of the Bishops plan. He asks the question ‘how are we living our faith Monday to Saturday?’ For this to happen we need to strip back the things in our life that the world is saying are important and place our faith at the centre.
Recently, I had to do this. I had to reflect and refocus on elements of my life. I had to ask myself ‘are these things distracting me from God’s plan?’ or ‘do these things help me grow in faith and to share my faith with others?’ It was confusing and slightly painful. God was pruning me. I had to be ready to give up the things I was engaged in and to say yes to God. This time of prayer was so good for me and now I feel confident that what I am doing is part of God’s plan.
In all that we do, we need to give ourselves completely to Jesus. If you have no idea where to start; come along to our Parish Mission with John Pridmore later in the month. This will be a wonderful opportunity for us to answer the invitation of Jesus “Come, Follow me”.
Clare Bell – Parish Pastoral Worker