Wednesday, the 31st week of Ordinary Time
Mass at noon: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday - Thursday at 7p
Saturday at 5:00 - Sunday at 9:00 and 11:15am
When the people gather for prayer, all are welcome.
Saint of the day - John Duns Scotus
Readings for today’s Mass
wife and children, brothers and sisters, and even his own life,
he cannot be my disciple. With the terms that Jesus lays down for membership in his new movement, it is a wonder that anyone followed him at all. Had you not been born into Christianity, would you sign on if the terms of the contract included hatred of your parents, your siblings and all those closest to you, even your own self? And you thought it was tough getting into a frat house!
These are harsh words, but surely Jesus is not advocating such malice toward others. That would be quite contrary to the heart of his gospel message: love God and neighbor as yourself. He is suggesting that all those other things, family, friends and possessions, all come second after the kingdom. Anything that might get in the way of a full relationship with God has to take second place.
i once posed a question to a group of retreatants: If robbers were to come and steal from you, one piece at a time, what would be the last thing the robber would get. Above all that you have, what will you cling to most dearly. Their answers were very diverse: a photo album of memories, a wedding ring, maybe a great-grandmother heirloom. No one offered the one thing in today's gospel that i will find most challenging - my own life. Ultimately, that will be the last thing that will stand between me and the one who created me - my physical self. One day i will be asked to let go of it. Only the soul can endure.
i wonder if that is what purgatory is about. Is it the event that purges all that stands between God and that part of God that dwells within each of us? Is it that moment when we finally let go of life as we know it that we finally live the fullness of a new life of resurrection and the kingdom of God?
Please, please, don't call you family and friends and tell them you hate them for the sake of the kingdom. Always love them, even to a time when you will be ask to let them go.