LISTEN: Reflection for the 13th Sunday — Year C

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.[/vc_column_text]

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 of 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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Rev. Ricardo da Silva SJ
B.A. (Hons) (London), B.Theol., STB (FAJE-UFMG)

Rev. Ricardo da Silva SJ (born in Coimbra, Portugal 1983; entered the Jesuits 2007; ordained deacon 2019) immigrated to Johannesburg, South Africa with his mother at the age of six. He had a career in marketing, communications and brand management before joining the Jesuits in 2007 and has studied communications (SA), philosophy (UK) and theology (Brazil). He is passionate about liturgical music, communications, and ethics and takes delight in good company and food. He has ministered to a wide range of people in many different contexts, from the elderly to high school and university students, refugees, migrants and the homeless.

r.dasilva@jesuitinstitute.org.za @ricdssj
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