On Today’s Gospel

Posted: November 4, 2015 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

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Are we truly following Jesus? Have we made the decision to let go of our worldly attachments? So that we can empty ourselves to receive His Graces. Are we prepared leave behind family and friends who hold us back from deepening our faith and relationship with Jesus?  For we know we cannot truly love them without Christ in our lives.

If our decision is to take up our cross to follow Jesus then are we prepared to love? That is to will the good in others and to make sacrifices for His and our brethren’s sake. To build up and fortify ourselves through prayer and frequent reception of the Sacraments. To nourish, equip ourselves with the Word of God. To be always ready and willing to share the joy of the Gospel with others .

Yes, Lord Jesus is my response to Your call to love. Help me and grant me the Graces necessary to carry out Your mission for me. Amen

First reading
Romans 13:8-10

Avoid getting into debt, except the debt of mutual love. If you love your fellow men you have carried out your obligations. All the commandments: You shall not commit adultery, you shall not kill, you shall not steal, you shall not covet, and so on, are summed up in this single command: You must love your neighbour as yourself. Love is the one thing that cannot hurt your neighbour; that is why it is the answer to every one of the commandments.

Gospel
Luke 14:25-33

Great crowds accompanied Jesus on his way and he turned and spoke to them. ‘If any man comes to me without hating his father, mother, wife, children, brothers, sisters, yes and his own life too, he cannot be my disciple. Anyone who does not carry his cross and come after me cannot be my disciple.
  ‘And indeed, which of you here, intending to build a tower, would not first sit down and work out the cost to see if he had enough to complete it? Otherwise, if he laid the foundation and then found himself unable to finish the work, the onlookers would all start making fun of him and saying, “Here is a man who started to build and was unable to finish.” Or again, what king marching to war against another king would not first sit down and consider whether with ten thousand men he could stand up to the other who advanced against him with twenty thousand? If not, then while the other king was still a long way off, he would send envoys to sue for peace. So in the same way, none of you can be my disciple unless he gives up all his possessions.’

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