MY daily reflection and prayer: Wednesday November 5, 2014
Dear my friends,
Here is the Gospel for us today, according to St. 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.”
This is the Gospel of the Lord. Praise to You Lord Jesus Christ.
Why does Jesus say we must ‘hate’ our families and even ourselves and what does it mean? Let’s contemplate it.
The expression ‘to hate’ means to ‘prefer less’. Jesus wants to say that nothing shall take precedence or first place over God. God has put us first in His love and concern for our welfare. So, it’s very normal that we must love Him above all. Yes, our love for Him is a response to His exceeding love for us.
God has sacrificed His Son for our sake and for our salvation. He has proved His love for us by sending His only begotten Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, who offered up His life for us as the atoning sacrifice for our sins. He is willing to sacrifice all for the sake of us as His beloved through the way of the cross.
This is the cost of our discipleship, to love Him above all. We must be ready to follow Him in the way of the cross. We then will share in His glory and victory. It involves sacrifice, the sacrifice of laying down our life each and every day for Jesus’ sake.
In Perpetual Adoration of the Eucharist, we learn to respond His love above all. We sacrifice our times to love Him in our worship and prayer. But, we can never love more than God has loved us. He always loves us more than we can expect or imagine.
Let’s pray: Lord Jesus Christ, pour us with the Holy Spirit and fill our heart with the love of God above all. May the love of Christ compel us to put God first in all we do. May Your love transform us that we may truly desire nothing more than life with You, in my words and actions, now and forever. Amen.
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