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

Link to today’s readings:  http://usccb.org/bible/readings/071717.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.

 Well Jesus’ prophecy certainly came true! We have seen so many divided families because of Him. When one sees the truth, it must be lived, even if those you love do not see it. Loving and following the Lord should be the priority of our lives. Nothing – even our family and loved ones – should come between our life in the Lord. What have you given up for Him? If you have not given up anything for Him, you need to look at your life and reevaluate what you are doing. Sacrifice makes love grow.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I gave up so much to follow you – yet it is nothing compared to what you have given to me. Nothing I have is worth losing you and in Jesus’ holy name, I give you my love, honor and glory, Amen!

Our help is in the name of the Lord.

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