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Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time (2020)



A glass of cold water

Jesus said to his apostles: “Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me, and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me; and whoever does not take up his cross and follow after me is not worthy of me. Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.

Whoever receives you receives me, and whoever receives me receives the one who sent me. Whoever receives a prophet because he is a prophet will receive a prophet’s reward, and whoever receives a righteous man because he is a righteous man will receive a righteous man’s reward. And whoever gives only a cup of cold water to one of these little ones to drink because the little one is a disciple— amen, I say to you, he will surely not lose his reward.”  Mt 10:37-42



Worthy of service

Motto: “Is not worthy of me.” – What does this mean? According to the dictionary ‘worthy’ means that somebody is having or showing the qualities that deserve the specified action or regard’. It can also be detrimental, for example, if someone is worthy of a verdict or punishment. Of course, it is more sympathetic to have something or someone worthy of praise or honor. We feel that there is a kind of proportionality here, in other words, the logic of justice prevails. The signifier can apply to things as well as to persons. Ultimately, however, the Lord is the source: it comes from him and leads to Him.

David therefore sings, “I have appealed to the Lord, who is worthy of all praise” (2 Sam 22: 4) Thus he glorifies Him who delivered David “from the hand of all his enemies” (2 Sam 22: 1). It is somewhat surprising, perhaps, that David praises God, that is, judges him. But it is also true that the Lord “gives victory to those whom he considers worthy.” (2 Macc. 15:21) In the New Testament, the military covenant turns very much into civil service. With service, we will be worthy of the reward, and that service is a sufficient title to become worthy. For what? Worthy not for what, but for whom. Worthy for Jesus, the Jesus who does not swing His sword but washes our feet. John considers himself unworthy to even untie, as a slave would do, His shoelace. Peter also protests, “You will never wash my feet!” (Jn 13: 8) And behold, the dramatic turn: Jesus patiently explains that no one is worthy of receiving His service due to their own merits, but that His service makes them worthy: a companion, a member of His community. In the farewell discourse, however, he even generously expands the circle of dignitaries: we can earn His friendship with a single glass of water, even if we offer it to the smallest (the seemingly most unworthy!), if we do this for Jesus’ sake. How can anyone not desire this reward?

Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time – 28.06.2020


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