Risk the Hostile Stare

In the Gospel reading for today, one of the people accompanying Jesus on the road to Jerusalem says, “I will follow you, Lord, but first let me say farewell to my family at home.” That line prompted Fr. David Carter to ask in his homily, “How big is your but?”

Fr. David mentioned “cafeteria Catholicism” in which Catholics choose to follow some of the church’s teachings but not all of them. In the Gospel passage, Jesus is on the way to Jerusalem in the days before His crucifixion. He asks His fellow travelers to follow him, even though it would mean undergoing great hardship and persecution.

When Fr. David asked if we would respond to Jesus’ invitation¬†enthusiastically or indifferently, I thought of an analogy to Facebook invitations. So often we ignore the invitation or click “maybe” even if we have no intention of attending. Some of us click “join” and then never show up.

If Jesus were telling parables nowadays, perhaps He could use the Facebook analogy in the same way He told of the sower whose seed fell on the path, on rocky soil, among thorns and on good soil. The invitation is there. It is up to us to accept or reject it.


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