“Loyalty is still the same, whether it win or lose the game; true as a dial to the sun, although it be not shined upon.”  -Samuel Butler

“I’ll take fifty percent efficiency to get one hundred percent loyalty.”   -Samuel Goldwyn

“If only I could be the person my dog thinks I am.”  – Anonymous

The call to discipleship given in this Sunday’s Gospel reading (June 27, 2010) is one that provokes the listeners to greater loyalty.  But if we stake our faith in our ability to be loyal, we are missing something crucial.  Perhaps this is exactly why Jesus talks about it–to contrast our inability with his perfect loyalty?  For all the while he calls others to follow, Jesus has set his own face toward Jerusalem (Luke 9:51).  Those along the roadside will soon witness a loyalty like none the world has ever known.

Jesus, may your loyalty be greater than our inspired example; may it be our salvation.  Amen.