31st Week in Ordinary Time
Martin de Porres
1st Reading: Phil 2:12–18
Gospel: Lk 14:25–33
One day, when large crowds were walking along with Jesus, he turned and said to them, “If you come to me, without being ready to give up your love for your father and mother, your spouse and children, your brothers and sisters, and indeed yourself, you cannot be my disciple. Whoever does not follow me carrying his own cross cannot be my disciple.
“Do you build a house without first sitting down to count the cost to see whether you have enough to complete it? Otherwise, if you have laid the foundation and are not able to finish it, everyone will make fun of you: This fellow began to build and was not able to finish.’
“And when a king wages war against another king, does he go to fight without first sitting down to consider whether his ten thousand can stand against the twenty thousand of his opponent? And if not, while the other is still a long way off he sends messengers for peace talks. In the same way, none of you may become my disciple if he doesn’t give up everything he has.”
”‘None of you can be my disciples unless you give up everything you have.”
To follow Jesus means
that we must be willing
to devote ourselves to the needs
to do whatever life demands of us
to live ours lives as he did to the end.
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