Appropos of my posts last week on the meaning of being a witness to your faith, Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam has an excellent feature on today's Gospel reading from Luke, with commentary from the Navarre Bible:
Our Lord spells out very clearly what is involved in following Him. Being a Christian is not an easy or comfortable affair: it calls for self-denial and for putting God before everything else.
Following Christ, then, means we should make ourselves totally available to Him; whatever sacrifice He asks of us we should make: the call to follow Christ means staying up with Him, not falling behind; we either follow Him or lose Him.
Our loyalty and fidelity to the mission God has given us should equip us to deal with every obstacle we meet: "There is never reason to look back (cf. Luke 9:62). The Lord is at our side. We have to be faithful and loyal; we have to face up to our obligations and we will find in Jesus the love and the stimulus we need to understand other people's faults and overcome our own" ([St J. Escriva, "Christ Is Passing By", 160).
Very comforting words, that last paragraph. Doesn't it echo what JPII said about "be not afraid"? Yes, our obligations may be daunting, but with Jesus at our side we will have whatever we need to carry out the mission He has given us.