Gospel Reading and Thoughts for September 8, 2013

Gospel – Luke 14:25-33

Great crowds were traveling with Jesus,
and he turned and addressed them,
“If anyone comes to me without hating his father and mother,
wife and children, brothers and sisters,
and even his own life,
he cannot be my disciple.
Whoever does not carry his own cross and come after me
cannot be my disciple.jesus-teaching
Which of you wishing to construct a tower
does not first sit down and calculate the cost
to see if there is enough for its completion?
Otherwise, after laying the foundation
and finding himself unable to finish the work
the onlookers should laugh at him and say,
‘This one began to build but did not have the resources to finish.’
Or what king marching into battle would not first sit down
and decide whether with ten thousand troops
he can successfully oppose another king
advancing upon him with twenty thousand troops?
But if not, while he is still far away,
he will send a delegation to ask for peace terms.
In the same way,
anyone of you who does not renounce all his possessions
cannot be my disciple.”

 

Is Christ really asking us to hate those we love?  Of course not!  But he is asking us to love Him more than all the others in our lives.  When our lives are prioritized the right way, we understand that although our vocation may be as a wife and mother, we are first and foremost Daughters of God!  He loves us so much and He wants our relationship with Him to be more important than everyone we have been blessed with on the earth.

In the same way, He must also be more important than all things that we have on this earth.  Nothing we have must take importance over our relationship with Him.  After all, as my parents like to say, all of this stuff we have are just  souvenirs from our trip around the sun. 

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