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Today's Gospel + short theological explanation

Sunday 23rd (C) in Ordinary Time

Gospel text (Lk 14,25-33): One day, when large crowds were walking along with Jesus, He turned and said to them, «If you come to me, without being ready to give up your love for your father and mother, your spouse and children, your brothers and sisters, and indeed yourself, you cannot be my disciple. Whoever does not follow me carrying his own cross cannot be my disciple (…)».

The Christian is a pilgrim, he walks alongside with Jesus

EDITORIAL TEAM evangeli.net (based on texts by Pope Francis) (Città del Vaticano, Vatican)

Today, as life is not too static, it must be walked along. In order to remain in the love of Jesus, we set off to walk along the streets in our city, with the cheerful certainty that he walks by our side. The joy of the love of the Lord makes us walk together as pilgrims, with a feeling that we are the faithful people of God; linked to others.

We cannot rememorize Jesus being installed in our own self. The Christian is a pilgrim, a walker. Jesus told us He is the Way and if you want to remain in a Way you have to trail it. You don’t just “remain” being static. Nor travelling at full speed, bumping on everyone and running over everybody: Jesus doesn’t want us to be neither static nor trampling into everybody else; he wants us to be peacefully hard-working in the way. He sets the pace for us.

-This is the way Mary walked along: she, just after having received the Angel’s annunciation, stood up and set off to serve her cousin. She kept her Son’s company in His way of the Cross and leads the Church to the Father’s House.