November 7 – Wednesday
Wednesday of the Thirty-first Week in Ordinary Time
Gospel: LK 14:25-33
Why does the Lord Jesus say we must 'hate' our families and even ourselves (Luke 14:26)? hate' often meant to 'prefer less'.
The Gospel is much more than an ethical message about a particular, Christian, way of life. It is about Jesus, his own person and the Kingdom he came to proclaim. Here he shows how radical are his demands on those who choose to follow him: even when we remove the dramatic form of the words he uses, we are reminded of the first commandment, of loving God before all else.
Our love for him is a response to his exceeding love and kindness towards us.
Following Jesus is a demanding way of life, so we should think well before embarking on this road; otherwise we might face disillusionment. The key is freedom, interior freedom that understands that material possessions can be real obstacles on our way to follow Jesus.
Prayer: (all together)
Lord Jesus, I ask you to give me the grace of a discerning heart , loving you above all else. Amen.