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

Monday, November 3, 2014

Reflection for Wednesday November 5, Thirty-first Week 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, everyone of you who does not renounce all his possessions cannot be my disciple.”
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What are you willing to do for the one you truly love? You’re willing to do everything for your beloved, even to the extent of embracing suffering/s.  You would be willing to leave everything behind so that you could truly tell your beloved how much you love him/her.

For example in marriage between a man and a woman. A man or a woman who truly love his/her spouse will stay in their sacred union until the end no matter the trials that they may encounter. They will also be willing to sacrifice even close friendship and family relations just to make their marriage work.

The same is true if we say that we love Jesus. We also would be willing to suffer or to carry our own cross so that we could prove to Jesus that we love Him. We also would be willing to cut friendship and family relationship that hinders our discipleship with Him.

We may ask, why do we need to suffer for our discipleship with Jesus? Why is there a need to carry our cross? Why not have a suffering free life with Jesus?

 Because it’s only through our suffering for Jesus that we could have a glimpse of heaven while we are still alive in this world. And it’s only through the carrying of our cross that we could have an intimacy with Jesus. - Marino J. Dasmarinas

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