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Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time (YEAR 2013)

Meditation on Today's Scripture:
Jesus used strong language to make clear that nothing should take preference or first place in our lives over God. Jesus knew that the way of the cross was the Father's way to glory and triumph over sin and death. He counted the cost and said 'yes' to his Father's will. We, too, must 'count the cost' and be ready to follow Jesus in the way of the cross if we want to share in his glory and victory. When my will crosses with God's will, then his will must be done. The way of the cross involves sacrifice, the sacrifice of laying down my life each and every day for Jesus' sake. What makes such sacrifice possible and "sweet" for us is the love of God poured out for us in the blood of Jesus Christ. Paul the Apostle reminds us that "God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit". We can never out-give God. He always gives us more than we can expect or imagine. The love of God compels us to choose who or what will be first in our lives. To place any relationship or any possession above God is a form of idolatry. Jesus challenges his disciples to inspect who they love first and foremost. Jesus' way to glory and power is opposite the world's way of glory, power, and success. The choice is ours, but the Lord does not leave us alone if we choose to follow him.
Word of the Day...
Psalm 143:10 Teach me to do your will, for you are my God; may your good Spirit lead me on level ground.
Prayer ...
Almighty God, we want you to truly be God in our life. We renounce any attempt on our part to try to manipulate or use your grace and kindness for our benefit. We submit our will to yours. But Holy Father, we confess that we struggle at times with our own selfish and evil desires that lead us astray. Please forgive us when our heart is cold and our ears are deaf to your will. Please, take control of our life today. Through Infant Jesus our Lord, and in his name, we ask you to assert your will as God in our life. Amen.
Today's Readings ... (September 08, 2013)
Day: Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time (YEAR 2013)
Lectionary: 129
Colour: Green
First Reading: Wis 9:13-18b
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 90:3-4, 5-6, 12-13, 14-17
Second Reading: Phmn 9-10, 12-17
Gospel: Luke 14:25-33
Listen to Reading:
Today's Scripture: Luke 14:25-33
25Now great multitudes accompanied him; and he turned and said to them, 26 "If any one comes to me and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple. 27 Whoever does not bear his own cross and come after me, cannot be my disciple. 28 For which of you, desiring to build a tower, does not first sit down and count the cost, 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 begin to mock him, saying, `This man began to build, and was not able to finish.' 31 Or what king, going to encounter another king in war, will not sit down first and take counsel whether he is able with ten thousand to meet him who comes against him with twenty thousand? 32 And if not, while the other is yet a great way off, he sends an embassy and asks terms of peace. 33 So therefore, whoever of you does not renounce all that he has cannot be my disciple.


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