The Feast of Saint Irenaeus, Bishop and Martyr

In today’s gospel, Jesus lays the commitment, sacrifice and risk associated with discipleship on the line. As disciples of Christ, we are constantly being challenged by our God to learn, grow, and follow in His ways. We may be called up to defend our faith, to face unsettling situations, to make sacrifices that test our sense of security.

In order to put God first, we can focus either on the challenges of discipleship or on its opportunities. Yet, being a follower of Christ can involve ridicule, even risk. But more than that, if offers a relationship with God rooted in a love like no other. God reveals Himself to us as we respond to His call.