The Gospel Today
Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time
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.”
Reflection (Sem. Tommy Gawain Lira):
For a greater purpose
Today is also the birthday of the Blessed Mother. The Blessed Mother’s presence and role, in part, for the fulfillment of God’s plan is gloriously triumphant. She is a great example to those who follow God’s will in their lives. Despite of the hardships she underwent, especially during the crucial event of Jesus passion and death, she kept her sorrow, henceforth, clearly understood that everything was for the greater glory of God. I am sure that there were times she was also tempted to be lonely and discouraged, but she always turned to God for strength and look forward seeing each day that God has a greater purpose.
In following the Lord, we do not have to figure everything out. Just because we do not see anything happening, that does not mean God is not working. We may not know what our future holds but as long as we know who holds our future, then we are going to be okay. When we do that, we will see more of God’s blessings in our life.
In stressful situations and disappointing news, when we are tempted to get negative and start complaining, think God and take that pressure off by acknowledging that God puts me right where I am for a reason, even if it is not a good place. God will give you the strength to be there in that situation for a greater purpose.