ORDINARY TIME: SUNDAY 13 [C] — Christ’s Disciples to Proclaim the Gospel Of and To the Poor—Faith Known

LUKE 9, 51 – 62

51  Now it happened that as the time drew near for him to be taken up, he resolutely turned his face towards Jerusalem

52  and sent messengers ahead of him. These set out, and they went into a Samaritan village to make preparations for him,

53  but the people would not receive him because he was making for Jerusalem.

54  Seeing this, the disciples James and John said, ‘Lord, do you want us to call down fire from heaven to burn them up?’

55  But he turned and rebuked them,

56  and they went on to another village.

57  As they travelled along they met a man on the road who said to him, ‘I will follow you wherever you go.’

58  Jesus answered, ‘Foxes have holes and the birds of the air have nests, but the Son of man has nowhere to lay his head.’

59  Another to whom he said, ‘Follow me,’ replied, ‘Let me go and bury my father first.’

60  But he answered, ‘Leave the dead to bury their dead; your duty is to go and spread the news of the kingdom of God.’

Luke 9: 60 ... to and spread the news of the kingdom of God Art Source: ocarm.org

Luke 9: 60
go and spread the news of the kingdom of God
Art Source: ocarm.org

61  Another said, ‘I will follow you, sir, but first let me go and say good — bye to my people at home.’

62  Jesus said to him, ‘Once the hand is laid on the plough, no one who looks back is fit for the kingdom of God.’



51YVQCPSK8LArticle 59 of the General Directory for Catechesis reminds Christ’s faithful that “The model for all catechesis is the baptismal catechumenate … inspiring the other forms of catechesis in both their objectives and in their dynamism.”


518zDjbTjRL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_Catechesis of adults — and of adolescents and children — following article 75.1 of the Order of Christian Initiation of Adults — thereby identifies the liturgical year with its celebration of the Word and prayer as appropriate in setting the direction and agenda for the continuing formation and training in the Christian life.

Themes for catechesis are generated by correlating the Gospel passage each Sunday with texts from the Catechism of the Catholic Church [CCC].

Key Themes


I Believe in Jesus Christ: Mysteries of Christ’s Life

  • Mysteries of Jesus’ Public Life

    • Jesus’ ascent to Jerusalem

    • Proclamation of the kingdom of God


Luk 9, 51  >  CCC 557

I Believe in Jesus Christ, the Only Son of God: Mysteries of Christ’s Life

Mysteries of Jesus’ Public Life: Jesus’ ascent to Jerusalem.–“When the days drew near for him to be taken up Jesus set his face to go to Jerusalem (Luke 9, 51).”   By this decision he indicated that he was going up to Jerusalem prepared to die there.  Three times he had announced his Passion and Resurrection; now, heading toward Jerusalem, Jesus says: “It cannot be that a prophet should perish away from Jerusalem.”

Luk 9, 58  >  CCC 544

I Believe in Jesus Christ, the Only Son of God: Mysteries of Christ’s Life

Mysteries of Jesus’ Public Life: The proclamation of the kingdom of God.–The kingdom belongs to the poor and lowly, which means those who have accepted it with humble hearts.  Jesus is sent to “preach good news to the poor”;  he declares them blessed, for “theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”  To them – the “little ones” the Father is pleased to reveal what remains hidden from the wise and the learned.  Jesus shares the life of the poor, from the cradle to the cross; he experiences hunger, thirst and privation (Luke 9, 58).  Jesus identifies himself with the poor of every kind and makes active love toward them the condition for entering his kingdom.



The Summons – Will You Come and Follow Me
John L Bell & Graham A Maule


Open My Eyes
Jesse Manibusan

We Have Been Told
David Haas

God Has Chosen Me
Bernadette Farrell


Lord, You Give the Great Commission
Jeffery W Rowthorn 1978





The Community for a Better World (CBW) comprises members from 25 countries continuing the legacy of Father Riccardo Lombardi an Italian Jesuit.  Fr Lombardi collaborated with Pope Pius XII and was guided by his pastoral exhortation then called a “Proclamation for a Better World” given 10 February 1952.


Anticipating many of the key ideas of Vatican II the Movement for a Better World (MBW) he initiated spearheaded the renewal of church life and structures with its communitarian spirituality.

St John Paul II exhorts us in his apostolic letter Novo Millennio Ineunte 43 to “promote a spirituality of communion” as the guiding principle prior to creating practical plans to “make the Church the home and the school of communion” in this millennium … in order “to be faithful to God’s plan and respond to the world’s deepest yearnings.”

In addressing consecrated men and women in the Year of Consecrated Life Pope Francis expressed (2014, II.3) his hope that the “spirituality of communion” emphasized by St John Paul II would become a reality with consecrated persons to “be in the forefront of responding to the great challenge facing us in this new millennium.”

The then MBW inspired by the renewing images of the Church — from Vatican II and post-conciliar documents — as “People of God” and as “mystery of communion,” fosters the living out of participation, co-responsibility, and subsidiarity of members in the Church.

Among the celebrated projects MBW introduced in Asia and elsewhere is the “New Image of the Diocese” flowing out into the “New Image of the Parish,” with its complementary two arms, the Parish Family Movement and the Parish Youth Movement.


In the context of the urgency of the crowning moment of his mission in Jerusalem, Jesus in the Gospel passage demands that his followers “spread the news of the kingdom of God” at this opportune time (Luk 9, 60).

Commenting on this proclamation, the Catechism of the Catholic Church in article 544 cited above clarifies that “The kingdom belongs to the poor and lowly, which means those who have accepted it with humble hearts.”


In enabling priest and people to transform their parish, the Better World Movement — now renamed Community — delineates some eight pastoral “criteria” founded on evangelical “convictions inspired by Christ’s life and teaching.  Each criterion presents points for pastoral agents to pray and ponder on toward personal and communal “conversion.”

One criterion states: “Proclaim the Gospel Of and To the Poor:”

Proclaim the Gospel of and to the Poor Art Source: www.thaichildrenstrust.org.uk

Proclaim the Gospel of and to the Poor
Art Source: http://www.thaichildrenstrust.org.uk


The Church as Pope Francis and other church documents underscore over the decades has a preferential love for the poor:

  • those who feel powerless
  • dispossessed
  • “don’t know how”
  • “don’t have much” … time, money, talents, education

The evangelizing mission of the Church is authentic when the poor are also evangelized.


The basic purpose of the Church is to preach the Gospel.  Pastoral agents and church members must be convinced people are hungry for the Good News Jesus lives out and proclaims.  Jesus speaks to the concerns of people who need God and to what they want to be saved from.

Proclaiming the Gospel to the poor is a sign that God’s reign has come.  This was Jesus’ major concern.  It remains the Church’s as well.


The journey toward renewal, transformation, and conversion calls us to change:


  • a mentality of rationalism and self-dependence
  • building a big organization with the help of experts


  • evangelization founded on a firm belief in the power of God’s Word
  • allowing oneself to be evangelised by the poor and be challenged by them
  • receiving as much from them as we give them


Pope Francis,  Apostolic Letter to All Consecrated People on the Occasion of the Year of Consecrated Life 2014.

St John Paul II, Apostolic Letter Novo Millennio Ineunte (Latin for At the beginning of the new millennium) 2001.

Vatican II, Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World, Gaudium et spes (Latin for Joy and hope), 37.