September 8, 2019
(23rd Sunday Ordinary Time, C)
Jesus said, “anyone of you who does not renounce all his possessions cannot be my disciple.” Lk_14:25-33
This topic always brings us back to those questions of what do I possess and what possesses me? Jesus was adamant that God should always take priority in our lives. If my love, my feelings for someone or something in this life was so great that I would be willing to kill, if anything should threaten that person or thing, then I’m missing the point of keeping God first. For by harming others or hating others we are really harming and hating God. And the consequence of those actions is, in the end, hurting to ourselves. And God really doesn’t want us to hurt others or ourselves.
There really is a fine line between controlling our emotions and staying in line with God’s commandment of love. Because, as we all know, there certainly is evil in this world. And that evil, enacted through other people, or even ourselves, can hurt all of us, whether it’s our loved ones or ourselves. You see, the only way we can ever maintain that control is by relinquishing control of it all to God. By keeping God first, above all and in all, and by taking those possessions of ours as God’s gifts to us, for as long as they exist, we can find Joy in every moment, knowing that in the very next moment they may be gone. By living the joy and not the regrets and not the anger and hurt of loss, we become God’s love and joy to all who come in contact with us. And that’s the blessing of Jesus!
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