Thursday of 22nd Week of Ordinary C

The Radical Nature of Discipleship

In her article, “What Is Our Purpose in Life? Why Are We Here?” Doctor Supreeya Swarup said, “We must remember eventually we are here to self-improve and grow to become the best version of ourselves.” Perhaps, self-improve and becoming the best version of ourselves can only be done when we follow the guideline or a road map to a successful destination, and we are not just here to self-improve and to become the best version of ourselves? We are here to hope to get to the destination, the heavenly homeland, and we are not just here to self-improve and to become the best version of ourselves and have no need to focus to our destination. So, how would we reach to the destination with self-improve and becoming the best version of ourselves?

First and foremost, we are invited to have faith in the author of life who once came to map the route for us to follow. Jesus once said that he is the way, the truth and the life (Jn 14:6). The route that we are all invited to follow to reach to our destination is through the life of Christ who is the way, the truth and the life. The question is: How would we follow him?

To answer this question, Peter, one of the first four apostles according to Luke reported in today’s Gospel, helps us to answer it. Jesus met his first apostles, who were fishermen, mended and washed their nets which was a daily activity in this fishing career. After an all-night catching nothing, trusting in the words of Jesus, Peter lowered the net at his command, and they caught a great number of fish. Faith does not only require a listening ear but also a courage and strength to carry out into action of what one heard. How can one become a disciple of Jesus?

It was not only about experiencing miracle(s) from listening and carrying out into action, but it was also recognizing our sinful nature and detached what was so attached to us to follow Christ in order to be called his disciple. After that great miracle of catching a great number of fish, Simon Peter recognized his sinful nature and said to Jesus, “Depart from me, Lord, for I am a sinful man.” After they got to the seashore, they all left everything to follow Jesus.

Perhaps, we are all listening to the Word of God, reading the Word of God, and receiving many blessings from the Lord throughout our lives, but have you and I ever acknowledged that we are sinful nature that we need God in our lives? Also, have you and I ever had enough courage and strength to follow Christ by going out of our comfort zones to involve more in the ministries that we have here, to stop criticizing one another, to pray for one another, to support one another, and many other things that we can do in following Christ? Christ is a road map to lead us to the destination of heavenly homeland, we are invited to self-improve and to become the best version of ourselves in following Christ on our role of discipleship of Christ. Decision is yours.

 

Weekday Homilies 2019

Homilies by Fr. Joseph Thang Nguyen


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