Most social problems are rooted in the failure of the strong to be gentle with others.
Season after Pentecost | 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C)
2 Kings 2:1-2, 6-14; Psalm 77:1-2, 11-20; (1 Kings 19:15-16, 19-21; Psalm 16;) Galatians 5:1, 13-25; Luke 9:51-62
The invitation follow me is a common refrain in the ministry of Jesus. In our Gospel text for this week, the call to follow is intensified. Jesus has now “set his face toward Jerusalem,” and his response to someone who wants to follow him is an extreme one.
Jesus setting his face to Jerusalem marks a shift: the text mentions it three times. There is a boldness and immovable attention to the assignment.
On Shrove Tuesday 2010, I ate my last piece of golden, delicious sausage while listening to “When the Saints Go Marching In.” A Lenten practice of consuming no meat unfolded, followed by a turkey-less Thanksgiving, and an Advent with rice and beans. There were two reasons for my going cold turkey as a vegetarian: survival in an interfaith marriage to a devout Hindu, and a spiritual exploration of what it might mean to practice nonviolence and environmental sustainability as a Christian vegetarian.