First Reading: Wisdom 9:13-18b
Psalm: Ps. 90: 3-6, 12-14, 17
Second Reading: Philomen: 9-10, 12-17
Gospel: Luke 14:25-33
In the section from the book of Wisdom that we hear today, we are reminded that we won’t understand God nor even some things that are in our grasp to understand. However, can we trust that God is leading us, guiding us to those paths on earth that are made straight by God’s presence in our life and by the Holy Spirit dwelling within us.
In the Gospel, being a disciple of Jesus does not seem very easy and it certainly doesn’t seem easy for a 21st century disciple! Giving up all our possessions…what is Jesus thinking? Perhaps Jesus is asking us in this 21st century the question: Is it more important to accumulate possessions or to identify that which separates us from God? Is it our possessions, our busyness, our own ideas and opinions, our multi-tasking, etc. that prevents us from being the disciple that Jesus calls us to be? Do our possessions “own” us?
O merciful God, allow us to pray with the psalmist: In every age, O God, You have been our refuge…in every circumstance of our life, you are present to show us the way. You guide us and strengthen us to be faithful and faith filled disciples. Give us the grace to let go of that which takes us from you and the needs of sisters and brothers. Amen.
Barb Piller, OSF