You Are My Inheritance, O Lord

Readings for Sunday, June 30, 2019 — 13th Sunday of Ordinary Time

1 Kings 19:16B, 19-21; Psalm 16:1-2, 5, 7-11; Galatians 5:1, 13-18; Luke 9:51-62

Suggested Reflection Questions:

  • Today the psalmist calls God his “inheritance” and his “portion.” God is all he needs. What stumbling blocks keep us from understanding our total reliance on God? Why is it hard to trust even when we know God will always be there for us?
  • To the Galatian church, Paul writes that we are to use the freedom we have in Christ to serve one another with love. He goes on to explain that the whole of the law can be summed up in the commandment to love your neighbor as yourself. Why is this commandment the summation of the law? Why do we need to be free in order to follow it fully? How have you loved your “neighbor” as yourself this week?
  • In Luke’s Gospel, Jesus tells those who wish to follow him that “no one who sets a hand to the plow and looks to what was left behind is fit for the kingdom of God.” This teaching seems harsh, especially considering that the requests Jesus is confronted with include burying a close relative and saying goodbye to one’s family. Why does Jesus make this demand on those who wish to follow him? What is he asking them to do? Do you imagine people doing this sort of thing nowadays?