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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Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Reflection for November 4, Wednesday; Saint Charles Borromeo, Bishop: Luke 14:25-33

Gospel: Luke 14:25-33
Great crowds were travelling 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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Reflection:
Why do we follow Jesus?

When Jesus noticed that great crowds were travelling with him, he knew that they were there because of the many miracles and healings that he does, he knew that when push comes to shove this crowd would eventually abandon him. Jesus knew it like seeing through crystal clear water!

So he addressed them, "If any one 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 (Luke 14:26-27).”

Other Christian denominations project Jesus as a God who can immediately lighten our burdens the moment we accept Him as our Lord and savior, a cure all God so to speak! Many are immediately hypnotized by this promise so they leave the church and join the Christian denomination/sect.

However there would be instances wherein Jesus will not help us carry our burden; will not cure us of our sickness. It may even seem that Jesus is an absentee God, a God who doesn’t care. Yes, it’s not all the time that we would get what we want from Jesus. He cares nevertheless and He is with us even in the difficult episode/s of our life.

What Jesus is telling us in the Gospel is: if you want to really follow me be prepared to persevere, be prepared to carry your own cross and be prepared to sacrifice and leave your own comfort zone/s for my sake.

To follow Jesus amidst the trials and persecution is the best decision that we can ever do in our lives. – Marino J. Dasmarinas

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