Quotations:

I am with you always until the end of this world - Jesus (Matthew 28:20).

Preach the Word in season and out of season reproving, rebuking or advising always with patience and providing instructions (2 Timothy 4:2).

Do not fear, Mary, for God has looked kindly on you (Luke 1:30).

Anything worth doing is worth doing poorly. - G. K. Chesterton

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Saturday, September 7, 2013

My Reflection for September 8, Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time, Luke 14:25-33

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. 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.”
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My Reflection:
How many of us could say that, I will be willing to follow Jesus based on His conditions stated on this Sunday’s gospel?

Here are Jesus conditions: Hate your parents, children, siblings and even your own life (hate not as hate per see) hate which means that you choose Jesus over them. Very hard to do isn’t it?  Another condition of Jesus: carry your own cross and renounce all your possessions to be able to follow Him.

Jesus lays down to us the true cost of discipleship, could we measure-up to these standards of Jesus? Perhaps you and I can’t but this should not stop us from seeking HIM then hopefully by HIS infinite grace we would be able to prioritize HIM over anything else in this world.

It doesn’t matter how many times we stumble with our desire to faithfully follow HIM. What matters is we get up and once again try our very best to follow Him and hope for His eternal grace to enlighten and guide us.

Jesus conditions for us today are actually a contradiction on how other preachers preach Jesus as someone who is a cure all God and savior. They do this for the reason that this is the best way for them to immediately attract followers.

But the reality of it all is this: We have to sacrifice our comfort zones.  And we have to leave behind us a number of our fellowmen so that we would be able to sincerely follow and serve Jesus.

Are you ready to sacrifice your own comfort zone and leave behind some of your friends and relatives in favor of Jesus?  

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