The WORD in other words (2016) by Fr. Romel S. Porillo, SVD (Papua New Guinea)
Image Source: Wikimedia Commons, Homeless Jesus
Recruiters sometimes use flowery words and tricky answers which are not realistic and even contain some lies and empty promises. They present only what is good and beautiful. The flaws and negative side usually come in later as a surprise.
Jesus is a very honest recruiter, showing and explaining everything not only the joys of being his followers but also the pains and obstacles that lie ahead. In the Gospel story today, He is being realistic when He says, “the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.” He doesn’t do cover-ups. He is not a pretender. He declares everything, not only what he has but also what he lacks.
Jesus’ truthfulness gives his listeners a clear idea about his message so that they will be able to make a decision once and for all to say yes or no, nothing more, nothing less, nothing in-between. All sides are justly presented: What you see is what you get.
So, if we say yes to be his followers, what is expected of us to be truly called Christians? First, we have to be always truthful like Jesus. He shows us that sincerity and honesty attract love. And, secondly we need to be ready at all times to report for the call of duty. That, doing the good and the better and eventually doing the best, is always our priority and is always urgent. What is more urgent than to do something for the greater Glory of God?
Whoever you are, wherever you are, whatever you have… Jesus is calling: “As for you, proclaim the Kingdom of God.”