June 30th, 2019

XIII Sunday of O. T.

Year C

That of following is a path of progressive liberation through which we respond to the Father who in Jesus calls us to freedom.

1Kings 19: 16b.19-21; Ps 15 (16); Gal 5:1.13-18; Lk 9:51-62

“Christ has freed us for freedom! … Indeed, brothers, you have been called to freedom.” These two sentences Paul suggest to us the perspective in which to listen to the Word of God on this Sunday. Following is a journey of freedom, or rather of liberation, through which the Lord frees us from our inner and outer slavery. First of all it frees us from the claim of success at all costs and by all means. We learn from Jesus to suffer even with refusal. We are therefore also freed from the temptation to impose the Kingdom gospel with violence and power. The Gospel is not imposed, it is delivered with the same mild and unarmed attitude with which one gives one’s life. We are then freed from the search for every other security that is not the relationship itself with the Lord Jesus, who has nowhere to lay his head, nor a den or nest in which to find refuge and shelter; nor even a place to hide. We are finally freed from death, which is the true jailer of our existence, to become heralds of the mystery of life. The disciple, in fact, is called not to bury dead, but to announce even to the dead the kingdom of life.

Commentary by Comunità di Dumenza

Translation by f. Mark Hargreaves, Prinknash Abbey

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