13th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Gospel of Matthew 10:37-42
Anyone who loses their life for my sake will find it
Jesus instructed the Twelve as follows: ‘Anyone who prefers father or mother to me is not worthy of me. Anyone who prefers son or daughter to me is not worthy of me. Anyone who does not take their cross and follow in my footsteps is not worthy of me. Anyone who finds their life will lose it; anyone who loses their life for my sake will find it.
‘Anyone who welcomes you welcomes me; and those who welcome me welcome the one who sent me.
‘Anyone who welcomes a prophet will have a prophet’s reward; and anyone who welcomes a holy man will have a holy man’s reward.
‘If anyone gives so much as a cup of cold water to one of these little ones because he is a disciple, then I tell you solemnly, he will most certainly not lose his reward.’
Jesus is explaining the radical nature of discipleship. His is a radical love. A love that takes us out of ourselves and attachments, including our own family. This is loving at all costs.
Mary Ward certainly left her family and those she loved in order to follow Jesus wholeheartedly in this radical love. Even though it was incredibly dangerous.
The love Jesus was explaining leads to amazing things. He loved so much he even died for his friends.
In the midst of this Covid19 pandemic, we have all pondered the radical love that has been expressed by the health care workers throughout the world who have left their families in order to love and care for the sick. They are putting their lives at risk by loving in this way.
I take some time to dwell in the radical nature of love.