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The verb to follow both in the OT ‘achar (אַחֲרֵ֣) and the NT akoloutheō (ἀκολούθέω) ordinarily includes the sense of temporal, chronological and spatial physical pursuit. But in a number of contexts, it carries with it a deeper meaning of “giving one’s allegiance to”, especially when related to God, (Num 14:24,32:12; Dt 1:36; Jos 14:8,9; 2 Kgs 18:6). All the more it is pronounced in the disciples’ relationship to Christ, where akoloutheō becomes technically equivalent to discipleship, where one becomes devoted, attached, even offering a solemn lifelong commitment to, the Master (Mt 4:20,25; 8:19; Mk 1:18, 2:14; Lk 5:27, 9:59; John 1:37).

In Luke 9:51-62, the narrative with reference to discipleship happened at the beginning of Jesus’ journey to Jerusalem, the time and place set by the Father for his salvific mission to be accomplished (v51). While teaching his disciples, Luke’s intention is to incorporate Christ’s followers as well. Here Jesus imparted an important teaching on renunciation and commitment(vv 57-62): they must be prepared to leave possessions (vv57f), human responsibilities (vv59) and personal ties. In short Jesus emphasizes the primacy of commitment to the reign of God; all else is secondary. Human considerations are insignificant (14:26,12:53) and negligible in comparison to God’s reign. Thus to follow Jesus does not simply mean imitation of him but entering into the very conditions of his life, ministry and lot. It calls a person to a sacrifice of security (v58), filial duty (v59-60), and family affection (vv61-62).

Elisha’s discipleship, in the first reading meant a last farewell at home and then an unwavering allegiance to Elijah (1Kgs 19:16-21). While Jesus, “resolutely determined to journey to Jerusalem” (Lk 9:51), never wavered in the face of the unknown and asked his disciples the same journey of commitment. St. Paul, on the other hand, points to a kind of journey, one from flesh to spirit. Once freedom in the Spirit is had there can be no backtracking to the slavery of the flesh (Gal 5:1,13-18).

Our age has many difficulties with commitment. Great hesitation surrounds any life commitment. Those which are made are regularly broken. Judging the situation of others is not ours to do. But it is a regrettable fact of our times. True love does not shrink from commitment. To opt for God in our life is a very important choice. How reassuring it is when we know people who remain strong and firm in that Christian decision throughout life. If there is one thing we need today, it is a witness of stability, of fidelity to commitment.

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