July 1st is the Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time. Daniel Harrington notes that the Gospel reading from Luke marks the start of an important journey for Jesus and his disciples: "The journey moves from northern Galilee to Jerusalem and focuses on two themes: the identity of Jesus (Christology) and what it means to follow him (discipleship). Today’s inaugural reading from Luke 9 suggests that the journey may be long, nonviolent, difficult and important." Back in 2004, Dianne Bergant wrote that this week’s readings demonstrate "the cost of discipleship." In 2001 John R. Donahue explained that the narrative of Jesus’ journey is the "theological centerpiece" of Luke."
Word Columns for Sunday July 1