May the word of the Lord fill you with love and bring you peace.

Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/071315.cfm

Jesus said to his Apostles: “Do not think that I have come to bring peace upon the earth. I have come to bring not peace but the sword. For I have come to set a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law; and one’s enemies will be those of his household. 

“Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me, and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me; and whoever does not take up his cross and follow after me is not worthy of me. Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. 

“Whoever receives you receives me, and whoever receives me receives the one who sent me. Whoever receives a prophet because he is a prophet will receive a prophet’s reward, and whoever receives a righteous man because he is righteous will receive a righteous man’s reward. And whoever gives only a cup of cold water to one of these little ones to drink because he is a disciple–amen, I say to you, he will surely not lose his reward.” 

When Jesus finished giving these commands to his Twelve disciples, he went away from that place to teach and to preach in their towns. 

Jesus is telling us we can love nothing more than Him. We have to put everything aside and love only Him. How hard is that to do? Extremely hard. The world is constantly testing and tempting us to love everything but Jesus. To love what the world offers is to embrace the darkness and death from which there is no resurrection. Who do you put before God? What have you made your own God? Who have I? 

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I know I struggle to not place the things in my life over you. I know my life and salvation depends on you, help me to always keep you first in all I do. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen. 

Our help is in the name of the Lord.

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