Do we have what it takes to “finish the work?” It might be a good idea to check on that. Jesus seems to suggest taking an inventory of our spiritual “resources.” How strong is the foundation of our faith? What kind of preparation are we putting in?
The first reading from today’s Mass reminds us that it all starts with love. God, as three persons, is a community of love (Romans 13: 8-10). It flows out to us, so that we can know and understand what love is, then share it with our neighbor. Love your neighbor as yourself.
But wait, didn’t Jesus just mention hating our parents in today’s Gospel? What? This discipleship stuff is serious business. It requires letting go of (or not putting as number one) a lot of worldly attachments in order to focus fully on what’s important – accepting and responding to the great love that flows to us through Christ.
—Rita Zyber is RCIA and Confirmation Coordinator at St. Mary Student Parish at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI.