Readings for the Third Sunday after Pentecost

1 Kings 19:9b-21; Galatians 5:1,13-25; Luke 9:51-62

People are a lot like flowing water. We’re always on the move, with someplace we’re trying to get to, and seeking the quickest and easiest path to get us there. The path of discipleship – following Christ – is neither quick nor easy, and this has tested the faith of even the greatest of God’s human heroes.

Elijah is running for his life and at the end of his rope when the LORD meets Him at Mount Horeb. The LORD speaks to His prophet in a soft whisper, bidding him to hold onto the promise of help and keep going by faith in that Word (1Kg 19).

Jesus encounters many who are not prepared to follow him to the cross. They have other loves and loyalties that take precedence over Christ, and they are not willing to suffer for his sake (Lk 9).

The apostle Paul exhorts us not to mistake our freedom in Christ for a license to go on sinning. We must resist the desire to sin, against our own bodies and against the Body of Christ. The Holy Spirit will hold and guide us along the fruitful path of discipleship (Gal 5).