Discipleship might be described as “whole-hearted commitment.” In Luke’s gospel we read, “Whoever does not carry his own cross and come after me cannot be my disciple.” Jesus insists on three conditions for discipleship. Subordinating everything to commitment to him, including the closest of family ties, is the first. Bearing the suffering that comes with following him is the second. And the third is the relinquishment of all possessions.
What keeps us from being able to whole-heartedly follow Jesus? How do we make following Jesus the center of our lives, a priority above all else? What possesses us and what do we need to leave behind to love the Lord fully? When we reflect on our lives, what do we value most? Do we value things or people more than we value the Lord?
I found this song a perfect ending to my own reflection on this week’s readings.