Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time

This week the reading come from the book of Wisdom 9:13-18b; Psalm 90; Paul’s letter to Philemon 9-10,12-7; and Luke’s Gospel 14:25-33.

The focus this week is the cost of discipleship. We hear in Wisdom that the only wisdom to be found in the world in through knowing the Lord sure there are philosophers in the world but they can only give a fraction of the knowledge that the Lord has. As we turn to the Lord we should remember that we are all brothers and sisters, no one can own someone else for we are all one in the Lord. This is followed by a call in Luke’s Gospel to take up our cross and hate everything, although not technically hate but just have Christ as the supreme portion in our live. We have a wonderful example of this in the newest Saint, Mother Teresa, she gave up everything to serve the poorest of the poor and she has said “By blood, I am Albanian. By citizenship, an Indian. By faith, I am a Catholic nun. As to my calling, I belong to the world. As to my heart, I belong entirely to the Heart of Jesus.” This is what we hear from Luke we need to be more devoted to Jesus and less concerned about the trivial things in the world that we make such a big deal about, just look around we hear about this celebrity and that celebrity doing what not and how this politician is going to be so much better and save the world, or Apple will be releasing a new device which is thinner than the last one and a football player isn’t being “patriotic” and\or is getting arrested. We shouldn’t care more about these things compared to our neighbors who are just scraping by, struggling to find work or as the Missionaries of Charity mission sets forth all those people who feel unwanted, unloved, uncared in society, as well as people are a burden to the society.

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