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Theology for the common man

13th Sunday in Ordinary Time A

Sunday, June 28, 2020

God, as base of our human life, provide a lite-motive and homily theme to today’s readings. The Gospel asks us to concentrate on Christ and treat him as a last right of our being and of all activity. This right surpasses even family relationships because only in the divine mission of Christ and his salutary cross, as a key to resolve all problems of humanity, we can find an answer to a sense of human life. “Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me, and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me; and whoever does not take up his cross and follow after me is not worthy of me.” Only in the light of the cross of Christ, which renovates a world with its vivifying martyrdom, each of us comes back to understand its logic and true source, drawing from it salutary fruits, upon a condition to follow Jesus Christ; it means, to be his disciple. “Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.” Whoever follows Jesus will receive a reward of his discipleship, it means, salvation, which He made possible for us by his cross. It is logic of salvation; salvation which is not guaranteed by our parents, or by any familiar relationship; although one could form an attitude of the disciple of Jesus when they cultivate Christian traditions and customs, and especially baptism, which introduces in this tradition. A woman from Shunem, from the first reading, was rewarded for her devotion in divine service to Elisha and received a promise to have an offspring in spite of her old age. Each of us will be rewarded for his devotion to God and his fellowship of Jesus Christ in carrying his own cross, receiving a promise of salvation in Christ. This way, with our own life we sing the goodness of the Lord, as today's Psalm speaks about.