Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
September 9, A.D. 2007
Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
Psalm 90:3-6, 12-13, 14-17
Philemon 9-10, 12-17
A reflection on today's Scripture:
Has anyone ever told you that they think you're "too Catholic?"
If someone said that to me, I'd ask them back, "What do you mean by that?"
If they said it's because I appear to be caught up in "small stuff" like—why don't women have to wear hats in church anymore, or how many days indulgence can I get for this or that prayer—I'd be embarrassed and would agree with them. But if they said, "Well, I think you love Jesus Christ too much!" I'd feel flattered, but know, deep down, that I don't love Him enough, especially after reading this Sunday's Gospel.
In today's Gospel, Jesus gives a check list of what He expects of His disciples. First, He expects us to love Him more than our father or our mother, or our wife or children, even our very life. Secondly, He demands that we get rid of our possessions (remember those bulging closets a few weeks back?) and He expects us to willingly take up our cross of suffering, failure, and ridicule.
Whew! Being a disciple costs a lot!
Then Jesus asks how good a planner we are. He mentions that no person of common sense would ever build a tower without first sitting down and checking to see if he can afford it, and if he has materials enough to finish it before he begins! I don't think I have enough love, enough courage, and enough grace to be His disciple all the way to the end of my life.
But God never asks the impossible. And I have enough supplies today to be a good disciple today. If I love at little bit more each day, then I'll make it to the end. Remember that beautiful prayer:
Lord, for tomorrow and its needs, I do not pray;
keep me, guide me, love me, Lord, just for today.
On the road to being a perfect disciple, I'll just have to take life one day at a time.
- Msgr. Paul Whitmore --
Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time
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