On Today’s Gospel 

Posted: November 8, 2017 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections


Yes indeed there is a cost to discipleship. Simply to love the Lord God with all your heart, strength, mind and soul and to love our neighbour as Jesus loved us.

To love God with our all is to never put anything or anyone, even family before Him. No compromising on our morals, virtues and on our obedience to Him for their sake. Then to love our fellowmen just as we love ourselves and with the love of Christ. We do this by carrying our cross, the willingness to sacrifice and do what is necessary to carry out His Will for us.

Lord I have counted the cost and gladly carry my cross to follow You. 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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