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Are we true disciples?

posted Jun 25, 2016, 12:05 AM by Risen Christ   [ updated Jun 25, 2016, 12:07 AM ]
13th Sunday of Ordinary Time
Are we true disciples?
In the first reading, we see the Lord commissioning Elijah to anoint Elisha as the prophet to succeed him. Elijah throwing his mantle over Elisha means that Elisha now belonged to Elijah and was invested with the authority of a prophet. Elisha immediately accepted God’s calling to be a prophet, renounced his previous life and followed Elijah – an example of true discipleship. The second reading shows that Christ has set us free from the yoke of slavery. Instead, we have been called to live by the spirit and in freedom, and to love our neighbours as ourselves in the same way true disciples should do. In the gospel, we see three persons with the intention to follow Jesus. Jesus’ replies to them highlight that true discipleship requires total dedication to God and sacrifices. There is no turning back but continuous moving forward by growing in our spiritual lives. Let us examine ourselves whether we are being true disciples in the way God expects us to be.