As a disciple we speak the words of discipleship. Jesus, I choose to love you; you are my priority and I unite myself to you completely. But that is easier said than done. The yes of our discipleship gets tested every day. In our Gospel Jesus demands much more than lip service he demands the loyalty of our hearts. Three times in the Gospel he gives the conditions of discipleship and ends with the words ….is not worthy of me. These words speak of loyalty.
We can ask ourselves, does my loyalty to Jesus come ahead of these relationships closest and dearest to me in my life? Am I tempted to put things ahead of Jesus; our jobs, possessions, hobbies etc? How do I respond to those crosses in my life? How do I as a disciple take up my cross and follow Jesus?
Is being a disciple really worth it? Our answer in faith is absolutely yes. Union with Jesus is the ultimate fulfillment of our life. Even if our yes is not enthusiastic, it is our best yes. We start with our lips giving our yes, repenting, and learning to place our trust in Jesus.