Now large crowds were traveling with him; and he turned and said to them, “Whoever comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, yes, and even life itself, cannot be my disciple. Whoever does not carry the cross and follow me cannot be my disciple. For which of you, intending to build a tower, does not first sit down and estimate the cost, to see whether he has enough to complete it? Otherwise, when he has laid a foundation and is not able to finish, all who see it will begin to ridicule him, saying, ‘This fellow began to build and was not able to finish.’
Or what king, going out to wage war against another king, will not sit down first and consider whether he is able with ten thousand to oppose the one who comes against him with twenty thousand? If he cannot, then, while the other is still far away, he sends a delegation and asks for the terms of peace. So therefore, none of you can become my disciple if you do not give up all your possessions.
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved. http://www.usccb.org/bible/approved-translation
I hate skimming. One of the reasons why I read is just for the sheer joy of reading. But, as a student, sometimes skimming is necessary if I want to be able to get everything done. Sometimes life requires us to skim. One of the things I tend to skim on is God. I skip Mass more than I would like to because of schoolwork, or meetings, or other obligations.
Today’s gospel reminds us that God wants us to be all in. No skimming allowed. Which is hard when you feel like you have a million things to do. But it’s important to remember that we have all these things to do because God has blessed us with gifts and opportunities; and, in return, we should give it all back to God.
What little thing can I sacrifice today to make more time in my life for God?
Take, Lord, and receive all my liberty,
my memory, understanding, and my entire will,
everything I have and call my own.
You have given all to me. Do with it what you will.
Give me only your love and your grace. That is enough for me.
—St. Ignatius LoyolaPlease share the Good Word with your friends!