On Today’s Gospel

Posted: November 3, 2021 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

How can we truly love God with all our heart, mind, soul and strength if we put all others and all things before Him? So then how can we truly love one another as we ought to with His love when our choices come from loving ourselves more?

For God is love and if we want to know how to truly love as He loves then all we have to do is turn to Jesus Christ our Lord and see! How God truly loved us that He bore our sins, hung on the cross and died for us. To liberate all of us from the bondages of sin so that we might live freely and completely in His love.

And so to love as He loves and to love neighbour as we love ourselves is to carry our cross and follow after our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Then we will know how to love the unlovable and those really challenging to love. For we love as He loved us. Amen

First reading

Romans 13:8-10 ·

Your only debt should be the debt of mutual love

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.


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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