On this 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Jesus invites us to follow him and make God's way our own. Frank Sinatra famously sang: " I did it my way." This song remains one of his greatest hits, not only because of how well he sang it, but because of its meaning. We would all like to do it our way- to have everything go according to our own plans, like the self-made person in charge of his or her own destiny.
We think this is possible because we've bought into two lies. The first is, "what we do, WE do," rather than it being done through God's Grace and generosity. The second is that "self-reliance is freedom." And perhaps it is indeed true that we have ventured out on a career path and found success without the explicit assistance of others.
What ever gains we have accomplished are the truths that God's love is what sustains us and allows us to achieve goodness, and true freedom comes through communal life in Christ. Faith is what allows us to align "our way" with what God desires for us.
We become more Christ-like in our compassionate caring for ourselves, others, and the world. Instead of being self-made, we are Christ-made, and our destiny is our redemption in him as God's way fully becomes our own.
Your brother in Christ