Reflection from Fr. Taylor: June 19, 2016,12th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Reflection from Fr. Taylor

June 19, 2016, 12th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Today’s Gospel raises some of the ultimate questions that we all have to reflect upon.  Jesus asks His Disciples “Who do you say that I am?”  At first glance this might sound kind of strange, after all they made the commitment to follow Jesus wherever He went in His ministry.  But if we look at the real story we will find that just about all of them failed Him, and they also encouraged Him to move from His journey to Jerusalem.  The Disciples, like all of us, looked for the easy way out. It is human nature to not have to suffer much in order to do the right thing. Actually there are many good things that we can do without a major sacrifice.  But the many martyrs we celebrate throughout the church’s year remind us of what an ultimate sacrifice consists of.

The late Dorothy Day, a very saintly woman, suffered much in her life on behalf of serving the poor and outcasts of society.  Those who disliked her often used circumstances about her own previous life against her, but it did not waiver her at all in her service to God and neighbor.  She was willing to move away from her former circumstances and take on a new life and a difficult one.

Jesus sometimes asks us to take up our roots and go further. Jesus won’t necessarily ask us to leave family as He asked Peter to do in the Gospel, but He does want to be our Savior and Lord.  Like Peter our adventure is sure to be filled with twists and turns.  We know this from day to day experiences.

We don’t have to be afraid.  This is especially true if we can find others who join us in our difficult journeys throughout life.

Maybe we can keep this lesson in mind the next time we face a new twist or turn in our own life’s journey.  Our Lord is always by our side.  He is always asking and inviting us, and we must trust and follow Him.  He will never let us down.


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