Serving the Word: 8th November


Luke 14, 25-33

“Jesus turned and said to them, ‘If anyone comes to me and does not leave behind his father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, and even himself, he cannot be my disciple. Whoever does not carry his cross behind me cannot be my disciple… whoever does not renounce all his possessions cannot be my disciple”.

We admire those who entertain us in life: heroes of football, cinema, music… but we only follow the one who gives us life: Jesus Christ. Today’s Gospel speaks to us about the demands of following Jesus.

The disciple of the Lord has to build a different model of society: fraternal, supportive, joyful, detached.  In the face of this model, everything else is relative and secondary. No structure, no person, can come before the building of this Kingdom. Not even something as sacred as the family itself.

The conditions of discipleship are very demanding. What is of value costs. But also what it costs, when you get it, gives you immense joy. It is like the treasure hidden in the field that a man discovers and, filled with joy, sells all his possessions to buy that field.

Think of your life as a disciple of Jesus and sell what hinders you in order to follow him.

And never think of loss but of gain. With Jesus you always win.

Good day to you.

Antonio Sanjuan Cmf


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