• An Image Slideshow
  • An Image Slideshow
  • An Image Slideshow
  • An Image Slideshow
  • An Image Slideshow
  • An Image Slideshow
  • An Image Slideshow
  • An Image Slideshow
  • An Image Slideshow
  • An Image Slideshow
  • An Image Slideshow
  • An Image Slideshow
  • An Image Slideshow
  • An Image Slideshow
  • An Image Slideshow
Under the care of the Jesuits
You are here: Home News & Events Archives
Following Christ PDF Print E-mail

23 June 2013: Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Jesus tells us in today's Gospel: "If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me." All too often we can hear this line as either a 'once and for all moment' or as only applying it to the big actions in our lives. I think, however, that it has as much to do with how we think and what our attitudes are, as much as it's concerned with what we do.

Choosing to let go of deep-seated racist, sexist and bigoted prejudices might be the most telling way we could renounce our worldly selves, and take up the inclusive cross of Christ. How do we know we have achieved this? Friends are normally a good indication about ourselves in this regard. Those we have in our home say so much about what and whom we include in our lives.

We can say we love people of all colours we like, but having them as our friends changes the way we see the world. We can maintain that we want women to be equal, but have we ever had a long conversation with someone who thinks seriously about gender issues in the Church and Society? We might be very ecumenical in theory; but actually having Lutheran, Jewish, Anglican, Muslim and Atheist friends are more valuable to us than all the best wishes in the world.

Let us pray with Pope Francis, who washed the feet of a Muslim woman on his first Maundy Thursday service and for Jesuit Mission and their work this weekend. May it resonate in our lives in such a way that we find again Christ, in whom there is no such thing as Jew or Greek, slave or free person, a man or woman, pauper or Pope, all loved unconditionally in Christ Jesus.