June 30 was the 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time.

Family reflection: 1 Kings 19:16, 19-21 — Elisha to follow him. Psalm 16 — You are my Inheritance, O Lord. Galatians 5:1, 13-18 — The Spirit sets us free to live in love. Luke 9: 51-62 — Agreeing to follow Jesus is an all-encompassing commitment.

That we are all called to follow Jesus is no surprise. This sacramentally sealed call is operative for as long as we live. We also know that accepting it has implications we will only discover as we go. Today’s readings remind us that calls can be unexpected, demanding — even dangerous. But Paul assures us that freedom, love and the Spirit‘s guidance are all part of it.

Let us pray for one another.

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