Who can be His disciple?
Can you imagine being among those in the crowd following Jesus only to hear Him turn and address them saying:
If anyone comes to me, without hating his father and mother, wife, and children, brothers and sisters, yes and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple.
After recovering from the shock of His words, I might slowly have slid to the back of the crowd and wondered if– perhaps–I needed to take a second look at this ‘prophet’ I was following.
Whoever does not carry his own cross and come after me cannot be my disciple.
Lord, I am carrying it because You say I have to…but, if it means that to be a saint like Mother Theresa, who said we should “accept suffering with a smile because it’s the greatest gift that God can give us,” I will need You to impart to me what is impossible in my humanity in order to complete the work You have appointed me to do for You.
In the same way, anyone of You who does not renounce all his possessions cannot be my disciple.
For me, this entire passage depicts some of Jesus’ most challenging words. They demand of His faithful disciples to ask of themselves “who is your God?” We ‘timid mortals who are unsure of our plans’ and love to be in control…may find this a very tall order.
At least this one does.
Because it’s one thing to read His Word or hear it spoken as you follow in the crowd and another entirely to be tested in it.
St Teresa of Calcutta, pray for us.