Reflection on Luke 14:25-33 ~
In the years our children were going up, society opened up Sunday mornings to play community sports. My wife and I felt that Mass at Church took precedence. Likewise, I have projects I could easily do weekday mornings, but I would have to eliminate my prayer time. On the surface it does seem like our Crosses would disappear if we went backwards with less prayer and reduced social justice activities. However, it would not be worth it because the gift of peace would be fleeting without our Yes like Mary.
Luke 14 New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (NRSVCE)
The Cost of Discipleship
25 Now large crowds were traveling with him; and he turned and said to them, 26 “Whoever comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, yes, and even life itself, cannot be my disciple. 27 Whoever does not carry the cross and follow me cannot be my disciple. 28 For which of you, intending to build a tower, does not first sit down and estimate the cost, to see whether he has enough to complete it? 29 Otherwise, when he has laid a foundation and is not able to finish, all who see it will begin to ridicule him, 30 saying, ‘This fellow began to build and was not able to finish.’ 31 Or what king, going out to wage war against another king, will not sit down first and consider whether he is able with ten thousand to oppose the one who comes against him with twenty thousand? 32 If he cannot, then, while the other is still far away, he sends a delegation and asks for the terms of peace. 33 So therefore, none of you can become my disciple if you do not give up all your possessions.
Thank you for meditating on this Gospel reading and considering this reflection on Luke 14:25-33.