Living faith is one that is vibrant and passionate. It gives us excitement and enthusiasm, and we become more aware of God’s presence in our lives. We become aware of others beyond ourselves. We become more receptive of serving others.
Discipleship leads us to be passionate about our faith, and heightens our life with love, service and charity towards the last and the least.
This Sunday’s Gospel reading talks about division in the sense that not everyone will agree with discipleship. Many will not accept God’s message — even our own families. I recall a corporate executive lament the fact that while he is a faithful pastor in his church, not all in his family share the faith, or even half of it. This may lead us to struggle heavily and will demand our resilience. Yes, discipleship is a costly commitment. However, fixing our eyes on Jesus will surely lead us to fullness of our lives and eventually eternal happiness. Even in the midst of struggles against evil, it should bring out more fire in us. We should remember that the Lord’s Word is more powerful than all the powers combined.
It is worth the effort. It is worth our life.
“My sheep hear my voice, says the Lord; I know them, and they follow me.” Jn. 10: 27.