Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Reflection: Luke 14:25-33


Luke 14:25-33 – 31st Week of Ordinary Time

The Gospel for today can be a difficult one to understand. In this passage Jesus is talking about discipleship. His language is strong and clear. Jesus tells his followers that if they choose to follow him they not only will have to leave their families but they also must “hate” their family members. How can Jesus say this? Does he really mean that we are to “hate” our families? I don’t believe that!

Perhaps the question this Gospel is asking us is: how serious am I about following Jesus? Am I willing to make significant sacrifices to follow him? Or is he asking too much? If so, will I simply walk away from him? 

Today may we pray for the grace to truly be open and receptive to how Jesus may call us! May Jesus give us the strength and courage we need to say “yes” to his call and to follow him!

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