Sunday 2 July 2023
13th Sunday in Ordinary Time
2 Kings 4:8-11, 14-16. Forever I will sing the goodness of the Lord – Psalm 88(89):2-3, 16-19. Romans 6:3-4, 8-11. Matthew 10:37-42.
We all have crosses to carry
Today’s Gospel asks us to be vulnerable. This is easier said than done because none of us wants to feel hurt or rejected. Jesus says that ‘anyone who welcomes you, welcomes me’. In other words, we should take the risk of asking for welcome. We are used to thinking that we should be the ones who welcome others, especially those in need. Jesus knows that there are times when we are the needy ones, however reluctant we may be to acknowledge this. The Gospel says that there are times when our connection with our families will be strained. We will have crosses to carry. We may even have to lose our life, or at least a version of it. This is not pessimistic. It is just real. Life can be tough. Jesus wants us to be open to our own needs and to appreciate those who welcome us to share them.