This weekend we celebrate the Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time. In the gospel reading below, we read of the cost of discipleship; as disciples, we must follow Jesus wherever he leads, handing our lives over to him.
Discipleship is a life-long journey. We each begin our journey as children, possessing a simpler, more literal understanding of God, and as we mature we strive to grow closer and stronger in our relationship with Jesus Christ.
We pray on this day for all who are currently carrying their crosses, including those who are ill or are carrying for a sick family member, as well as those who mourn the loss of a loved one. May they be strengthened and comforted through their relationship with our loving God.
I hope that you have a relaxing, quiet weekend.
God bless you,
Mrs. Katie Walsh
Gospel 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,
anyone of you who does not renounce all his possessions
cannot be my disciple.”