When I was very young, which is a long time ago, there was a movie star called Tallulah Bankhead. And I bet only about three people in the whole church remember who Tallulah Bankhead was. Well, she was a movie star and a rather famous one. And she was what we say a brassy, sassy kind of lady and so that made her very quotable. And Luke understands this. And the events of that journey end, as we all know, in his arrest, in his suffering, nailing to the cross, dying and, of course, rising again. And we walk with Jesus and, at the end of the journey, we, too, walk into eternity, because the end of the journey is our death and resurrection. And so the Samaritans had their own temple in Samaria. And they would, if the Jew was going to go on pilgrimage, he was not welcome in a Samaritan area, he had to walk all the way around it, because he was bent on worshipping in Jerusalem and they felt they all should be worshipping in Samaria.
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Today we are reminded afresh by Jesus in the Gospel just what the cost of discipleship truly is. When He tells us that those who love father or mother, son or daughter more than Him are not worthy of Him, He is not telling us not to love our parents or our children. Hence, we can honestly say that Jesus was not saying, for example, that children should simply ignore the wishes of their parents in the name of the Gospel. Jesus was making very clear, however, that if we are going to truly live out the message of the Gospel and we are going to truly live what is rightly called a Gospel life, then it is inevitable that this Gospel way of living is going to come into conflict with the world and the ways of the world, and for many of us that might include otherwise unwanted unpleasantness or tension between ourselves and family members or friends, even our own parents or siblings. Why would the Gospel cause that kind of conflict? After all, the last three Popes have affirmed to us-each in his own different way-that to live a Gospel life is to live a joyful life. If we are going to truly follow Jesus Christ, what is being asked of each and every disciple of Christ-and hopefully that includes everyone here-is nothing less than a total commitment to Jesus.
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But I think the point here is that we must be loyal to Jesus, we must always show him our love, in other words, we must show Jesus our allegiance, which is above everything and everyone. But this allegiance, this love, is shown, as St Ignatius says, more in deeds than in words. There we hear the story of Elisha and the woman from Shunem. It is her actions that speak volumes. She saw Elisha the prophet pass past her home and she wanted to offer him hospitality.