On Today’s Gospel

Posted: November 7, 2018 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

Striving for Holiness each passing day as we seek to bring Christ to others is our inherent duty as we declare our undying love for the Lord our God. Jesus reigns in our hearts as we face challenges and trials in building His kingdom. Yet we know He is always by our side. For we have placed Him above all others in our hearts where He rules. He is our Lord of Lords, King of Kings!

A true disciple will not grumble or complain for they know that all the hardship they face is for God’s glory. They have given up all to follow Him. They live not for themselves by to love and serve others as their master commanded. Are you then His disciple? Do others see you as such? What fruits have you brought forth?

Lord help me become the Disciple you want me to be. As I carry my cross and follow You. Amen

First reading

Philippians 2:12-18
Work for your salvation, for God is working in you

My dear friends, continue to do as I tell you, as you always have; not only as you did when I was there with you, but even more now that I am no longer there; and work for your salvation ‘in fear and trembling.’ It is God, for his own loving purpose, who puts both the will and the action into you. Do all that has to be done without complaining or arguing and then you will be innocent and genuine, perfect children of God among a deceitful and underhand brood, and you will shine in the world like bright stars because you are offering it the word of life. This would give me something to be proud of for the Day of Christ, and would mean that I had not run in the race and exhausted myself for nothing. And then, if my blood has to be shed as part of your own sacrifice and offering – which is your faith – I shall still be happy and rejoice with all of you, and you must be just as happy and rejoice with me.

Gospel

Luke 14:25-33
Anyone who does not carry his cross and follow me cannot be my disciple

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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