This Sunday’s readings focus on the commitment needed to respond to the Lord’s call, a reminder that true faith comes from the heart.
The Gospel tells of the wholehearted commitment required by Jesus of his followers – not coercion, as suggested by James and John. Jesus makes the three who come forward aware of what following him means: it is not to be imagined as a part-time or ‘easy’ option. Jesus does not want his disciples to hesitate.
In the first reading, Elisha responds quickly to being ‘anointed’ by Elijah. He shows his desire to serve the Lord by leaving his livelihood and home, empty-handedly following Elijah.
In the second reading, St Paul emphasizes the importance of freedom. However, he warns the Galatians, and us too, that this is not an excuse for self-indulgence.
The Spirit will guide us so that we love our neighbors as ourselves. Living in freedom encourages us to take total responsibility for our lives rather than blame others for personal difficulties. If like the Psalmist, we trust and follow the Lord’s path of life, it will lead us to eternal joy.
This week let us try to accept God’s will unconditionally for us.
Joy and peace.