From Administrator’s Desk on the 13th Sunday of Ordinary Time.
The message for the 13th Sunday of Ordinary calls us to a radical choice whether to be with Jesus or
not. We must remember that life eternal is worth everything. Eternal life begins here and now with
hundreds of daily choices. But the greatest choice we have to make is to be with Jesus or not. In
today’s Gospel Christ says:
“Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me,and whoever loves
son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me...” (Matthew 10:37).
Sometimes we think that if we surrender our lives to Jesus and follow Him unreservedly, we
would lose something significant: our privacy, our plans, comfort, and a style of life. Yes, we must
lose something in order to gain everything, but it is usually insignificant fluff that we cling too as if
our existence depended on it.
We can bring nothing to Christ except our faith and our very lives. We have nothing else! St.
John of the Cross, a great Spanish mystic, spoke of “nada nada nada,” that is, “nothing nothing
nothing” should stand on the way to union with God. This applies to all of us, not only to priests and
religious. That is why the most important thing for us is to do the will of God without looking back or
without succumbing to mere human ties. This means, that whatever we do our daily choices should
reflect our faith in Jesus: the way we talk, the way we dress, the business we do, or the type of shows
we watch or book we read. Let us remember about that especially in the beginning of the summer,
during which so many tend to put God aside.
Sometimes it may not be easy to follow Jesus; our Lord knows that. That is why He adds,
“whoever does not take up his cross and follow after me is not worthy of me” (Matthew 10:38). It is
the cross, not only of our daily tasks or life-burdens, but also of one’s sins and character. That too we
must bear patiently while giving it all to Jesus—and He does the rest.
It is only when we lose our life in Christ and for Christ we really gain it and live to the
fullness: “Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find
it” (Matthew 10:39). Those who have experienced real conversion or some kind spiritual reawaking
know what I mean, for they began to feel that they were fully alive again. I strongly recommend a
book by John Eldredge Waking the Dead, which touches upon the theme of ongoing conversion of
heart and mind.
Have a blessed and safe summer.
Fr. Janusz Mocarski, Administrator