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Gospel Reflection for 13th Sunday Ordinary Time Year A – July 2nd 2017
Jesus displays a certain single-mindedness in today’s gospel. As he lives wholly committed to love – of the Father and love of us – he asks the same. ‘Losing one life seems a rather harsh statement. This losing is something like the way we lose our own needs and demands in love, like parents sacrificing so much for a child, a teacher for pupils, and others in the helping professions.
BEYOND THE CALL OF DUTY
When we give beyond the call of duty, or really put ourselves out in listening to another, in helping in any way, we are losing our lives like Jesus. We know then we find a depth of joy as we find something greater.
The gospel while full of high thoughts, ends up so simply – giving a cup of cold water to someone is remembered in the mind of God! A cup of cold water in Jesus’ time was the minimum requirement for hospitality or for the stranger. Even that would be rewarded.
Many in our communities need more than the cup of water. Our migrants, our homeless, our young people searching for meaning, our elderly with the insecurity of old age, and so many others, call on our Christian love. When we give from the heart, we join our hearts with the heart of Christ, who walks with us as we try in our lives to prefer love to all else.
Jesus, compassion for all, make our hearts like yours.
Fr Donal Neary SJ is editor of the Sacred Heart Messenger