Humbly submit your will to God (thy Will be done) and consecrate yourself to the Sacred Heart of Jesus through Mary and Joseph.
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.” Lk 14:25-33
Today, Jesus outlines a follower of Christ, a disciple. It is difficult. There will be sacrifices, persecution, daily crosses, and suffering. We do not need to look for suffering it will come as a part of life. If we put our suffering in the right perspective and accept it as a gift offering it up with Christ’s suffering it helps us to be purified (Padre Pio). With God’s grace, love and forgiveness we can bear it all. Give glory to God. Peter Kreeft says, “The worst suffering on earth is nothing but a small cold compared to the glory of heaven.”
We must remember that we are sinners due to the Fall. We wake with an inclination to sin. Everyone is broken. We need God. We need a Savior. Today, our Savior reminds us that He is more important than those closest to our hearts on earth, our families. He is more important than our own life. If we are to gain eternal life we must be totally dedicated to our Lord. HE MUST BE THE CENTER! Then, we will live a rightly ordered life. Our relationships will be rightly ordered and this brings peace. Consequences from Adam and Eve’s Fall give us daily crosses to carry (sickness, tragedy, cancer, blindness, weight problems, diabetes, divorce, separation, fatigue in daily work, unmotivated, anxiety, depression, fear, loss of a loved one, loss of a job, homeless, addiction) but not one of them are as bad as losing our soul or our faith in Jesus.
After baptism, if we commit a mortal sin we cut ourselves off from God. This is a greater tragedy. Jesus teaches our generation of electronics a valuable lesson today. Many times our electronics are the very possessions that we commit mortal sin with or we get the ideas to commit mortal sin from these possessions. “Everyone of you who does not renounce all his possessions cannot be my disciple.” We must totally and completely give all to Jesus. We cannot sit on the fence or have one foot in and one foot out. Jesus forces us to make a choice. There is no fence in following Christ. “You either gather with me or scatter”. I often play this game with our Lord, but I know with His grace I will one day have the courage to be all in! All in is a requirement of a Christian disciple to enter into heavenly bliss!
Today’s challenge: Take a week long break from an electronic or any material possession that is leading you away from God and into sin. Detach yourself from a possession that you rely on more than Lord.