It’s a hard saying, a cruel and thoughtless saying one might even say. Yet, these are the words that the community of Saint Luke chose to write, when remembering the sayings of Jesus. This is what they wrote down, coming from the mouth of Jesus, for us — some 2000 years later — to read.

Is our God a callous, cruel and unthoughtful God —  to the point that he would not acknowledge the grief of a son struck by his father very recent-death?

Consider how you might feel, if the day — or perhaps hours — after your father had died, you were out sorting funeral arrangements and you bumped into Jesus on the road. And, realising your desire to follow Jesus, even in that moment of great grief, you confessed to Jesus: “I want to follow you, but my father has just died. So, let me go and bury him, and then I’ll get my things together and come with you to Jerusalem.

What would you expect Jesus to say to you?

Join Ricardo da Silva SJ as he reflects on the readings for the Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time — Year C.

Read the texts in your Bible or hover your mouse over the references below to see the texts.
1 Kings 19:16,19-21; Psalm 16; Galatians 5:1,13-18; Luke 9:51-62

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