Homily September 8, 2013 23rd Sunday of Ordinary Time

Posted in christian, Christianity, inspirational, religion, scripture by Fr Joe R on September 4, 2013

Occasionally we hear the term “hate crime” today when some particular crime is so vicious and is spurred on by someone’s strong prejudice or real or imagined hatred of someone he doesn’t like or possibly just doesn’t agree with. Our society even increases the penalty for such crimes for their unreasonableness and their viciousness. These people presume their own importance and ideas are far better than what anyone else could have. But think a moment, for didn’t we just hear Jesus say, “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 towerme cannot be my disciple.” What can this men? Where is his Love your neighbor here? What is he trying to say? The whole concept of family and the solidarity and care of one another is missing. But he has a valid point. As one philosopher said He wanted followers and not admirers. He wasn’t looking for those who were not committed to God and to Him. A person can be committed and only fully love God if the most important thing to him is God and the word and discipleship of Jesus. This must be first especially if the family or individuals somehow stand in his way. After all remember just a few weeks ago The gospel reminded us that division and discord can come in families when self is more important. He even said he came to bring division. It the same with possessions. There is not really one thing on this earth that will somehow affect our life with Christ in future life except the relationship we have with him now. In our lives, all else should flow out from that relationship. You don’t remember when you were born, but what you had then is really what you will ultimately have at the end. Circumstances, bad luck or any number of things could cost us our possessions, put us on the street or even take our life,and if our relationship with God and Christ were foremost we would be at peace. Our cross is the cross of Christ and all the possible pain or suffering that the world could confer.

The parable of the tower is a way to illustrate the need to prepare for our task ahead. Discipleship has costs and needs for us along the way and we should be prepared for what it takes. When we commit to Christ we know it means embracing him and his Father first but at the same time reaching out and loving others as God loves us. The challenge is that we acquire and retain the resources we need. It is the same for the king and the army, do what is necessary to achieve the goal(peace), as that preempts all their possessions and to live is more important at that time. So Jesus tells us to renounce our possessions, not because they are bad, but because they could stand in the way. How we use our possessions and our life determines who we are and ultimately defines our life with Christ.


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