14 November 2017 Tuesday Thirty Second Week Ordinary Time Year 1 Homily
The belief in individual afterlife came late to Judaism. The Book of Wisdom is one of the sources for this belief.
Jesús sided with the Pharisees in their struggle with the Sadducees since the Sadducees had a more traditional approach to the afterlife. The Sadducees believed that there was no individual afterlife or resurrection.
Today, in the Gospel, Jesús lays out the special nature of the call to discipleship.
Jesús teaches that the disciple is a person who is grateful for the opportunity to follow the way of Jesús.
The disciple understands following Jesús means we are servants to the point of being “slaves” in total service to the needs and demands of the Kingdom.
We may find the work of the Kingdom is challenging, even daunting but we understand carrying the cross, dying to self, putting others first is the path of Jesús.
Jesús did what the Father asked.
Can we do any less?