Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/090416.cfm
Great crowds were traveling with Jesus, and he turned and addressed them, “If anyone comes to me without hating his father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple. Whoever does not carry his own cross and come after me cannot be my disciple. Which of you wishing to construct a tower does not first sit down and calculate the cost to see if there is enough for its completion? Otherwise, after laying the foundation and finding himself unable to finish the work the onlookers should laugh at him and say, ‘This one began to build but did not have the resources to finish.’ Or what king marching into battle would not first sit down and decide whether with ten thousand troops he can successfully oppose another king advancing upon him with twenty thousand troops? But if not, while he is still far away, he will send a delegation to ask for peace terms. In the same way, anyone of you who does not renounce all his possessions cannot be my disciple.”
Jesus does not want us to give up everything we own for Him. But He wants us to be willing to do that if necessary. He wants us to place Him above all else in our life. Nothing should be more important than Him. Where is He in your life? Is He above all? What are you willing to give up for Him?
Prayer: Heavenly Father, I give all I own to you. You are all I need in this life and I trust that you will take care of me, be with me, love me and never let me go without what I need to do your work. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen!
In every age, O Lord, you have been our refuge.