Hi everyone – here’s a homily delivered at Ave Maria University, Ave Maria Florida at FOCUS New Staff Training – on Monday, June 3, 2013. The readings for today can be found at http://usccb.org/bible/readings/060313.cfm. Thanks as always for reading, sharing and your feedback! God Bless – Fr. Jim
It’s something few will succeed at. I think Mr. Greitens said that his class started with 200 candidates — in the end only 21 would graduate. And Greitens was able to pinpoint the major reason, the difference between those who would make it and those who wouldn’t. While obviously a person needs to be in good physical shape, one of the essential components is the guy’s head. The thoughts of the candidate would determine if they had the mindset to go all the way.
Jesus shatters that theory, not just in this parable, but even more, on the cross. In the cross, Jesus puts aside arguments, debates, words, miracles and in that act makes a final appeal to the closed minds and hearts of humanity. Like the men training for the Navy Seals, the decision rests on us though. Will we throw in the towel, ring the bell and decide we can go no further, quit and go off on our own? Or are we willing to go all the way with Christ? Knowing that becoming Jesus faithful disciple starts with a decision in our minds to continue to follow Him, wherever he asks to go, and allow Him to transform our lives?