23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

September 5, 2010


How many of you want to be a disciple of Jesus?

Really?  Are you ready to give up your own ambitions, a regular connection to the family and friends you know now?  Are you ready to change your field of expertise, or area of study?  Are you ready to give up control of your own life and subject to the decisions of another – even when you disagree with that decision?  Are you ready to live a life without answers or stability?

Because the Gospel is quite clear – if you are going to really be a disciple – then most of these things are not just possible – they are probable.

And why do we do all these things?  Because only God satisfies, only God provides real hope, only God provides meaning to suffering – even those who don’t believe in God know that humanity will ultimately disappoint.

Today Jesus tells us we have to choose.  It does not mean we will execute perfectly – no saint was ever perfect – but they were very good and getting up the next morning and starting all over again.

Cardinal Pell told us at WYD 2008, “Don’t spend your life sitting on the fence, keeping your options open, because only commitments bring fulfillment. Happiness comes from meeting our obligations, doing our duty, especially in small matters and regularly, so we can rise to meet the harder challenges.  One mission is better than a thousand options.”

CLICK HERE for the Readings for the 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time: (Wisdom 9:13-18; Philemon 9-10, 12-17; Luke 14:25-33)


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