First Priority for God’s Kingdom
(see Lk 9:51-62)
Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
The Gospel for this Sunday Holy Mass tells us how Our Lord Jesus Christ invites people ti join Him in the mission of building God’s Kingdom through the preaching of the Good News of salvation.
As powerful as God, Christ can accomplish His work by Himself, no matter how hard it may be.
However, it seems that God, out of His great love, wants His project to be done with the cooperation of angels and men. This is by no means because He needs help from somebody or something, for He alone, from nothing, made heaven and earth. He did so—by calling us to take part in the care and development of His creation—in order to teach us the lesson of being responsible for our living environment. We would not appreciate something as valuable unless we ourselves have tried hard to achieve it with efforts. Besides, the Lord God also wants to teach us to work together with a sense of solidarity for the common good of the human family, in order that we should not live just for ourselves but that we can live with others and for others.
Now, we come to the second point of special interest of the Gospel message which lies under what Christ our Lord tells those who wish to follow Him, “No one who sets a hand to the plow and looks to what was left behind is fit for the Kingdom of God.” This is because the proclamation of the Good News of salvation is so necessary and urgent for the survival of the human race that nobody and nothing else can be compared with it. The building of the Kingdom of God, always and everywhere, should take the first priority over all other things, no matter how important they may be, even the burial of our beloved ones.
This Sunday Gospel message really gives us a strong sense of how we Christians, disciples of Jesus Christ, the Lord and Savior, should be wise enough to set up a list of priorities for our everyday concerns for both material and spiritual needs.
Let us listen to the Lord tell us how, “Seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be given you besides.”
Fr. Francis Nguyen, O.P.