• An Image Slideshow
  • An Image Slideshow
  • An Image Slideshow
  • An Image Slideshow
  • An Image Slideshow
  • An Image Slideshow
  • An Image Slideshow
  • An Image Slideshow
  • An Image Slideshow
  • An Image Slideshow
  • An Image Slideshow
  • An Image Slideshow
  • An Image Slideshow
  • An Image Slideshow
  • An Image Slideshow
Under the care of the Jesuits
You are here: Home News & Events Archives
Putting God first PDF Print E-mail

08 September 2013: Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time

All who do not renounce their possessions cannot be my disciples

Friends for some weeks Luke has been showing us the cost of discipleship. In today's high tech world, especially in the use of hands, be it completing a gruelling music exam, fixing parts in a minute ear amplifier or in gingerly placing copper nails on the slates in the roof of the Church, they are all aware one needs to be focussed completely. It is that same kind of focus and dedication that Jesus is talking about in today's Gospel when he speaks about hating our loved ones, carrying our crosses and giving up everything even our lives. If we look at the choices we make each day, we'll see that in many ways we can and do put God first. The verbs in the Gospel tell us an interesting story: carry, follow, estimate, lay foundations, sit down and consider and give up possessions. It is indeed a tough list of things to do. Whatever our situation in life, this Gospel advocates that we figure out our priorities and live them out. May we mean what we say and live what we say.

In the latest Tablet, Pope Francis calls a world vigil for peace in Syria after a private meeting with King Abdullah of Jordan whose country borders Syria and has taken in some 500,000 refugees fleeing the fighting. The Pope forcefully repeated: “It is neither a culture of confrontation nor a culture of conflict which builds harmony within and between peoples but rather a culture of encounter and a culture of dialogue; this is the only way to peace. Peace is a good which overcomes every barrier, because it belongs to all of humanity”!