“Why all the hate?” 23rd Sunday OT – Homily

whyallthehate

 

Gospel

 

Luke 14:25-33

Great crowds accompanied Jesus on his way and he turned and spoke to them. ‘If any man comes to me without hating his father, mother, wife, children, brothers, sisters, yes and his own life too, he cannot be my disciple. Anyone who does not carry his cross and come after me cannot be my disciple.
  ‘And indeed, which of you here, intending to build a tower, would not first sit down and work out the cost to see if he had enough to complete it? Otherwise, if he laid the foundation and then found himself unable to finish the work, the onlookers would all start making fun of him and saying, “Here is a man who started to build and was unable to finish.” Or again, what king marching to war against another king would not first sit down and consider whether with ten thousand men he could stand up to the other who advanced against him with twenty thousand? If not, then while the other king was still a long way off, he would send envoys to sue for peace. So in the same way, none of you can be my disciple unless he gives up all his possessions.’

One Comment

  1. Carol Beauregard

    This is one gospel that confounds me! Luke is speaking from the perfect world.
    We have to give it all up in the end anyway. But what is the rush? And don’t we use our possessions to fight the good fight? To run the race? When building a tower, sometimes the builder is taken advantage of so it doesn’t matter what the cost is initially, it usually increases as the builder progresses, there isn’t enough money to finish and we are an unfinished people in the first place. If a builder waited until he had the cash to build, nothing would get built. A builder can expect to to get made fun of. Just because a person is in the minority doesn’t mean he has to give up. And sometimes peace is an easy way out. If battles won were so predictable, where would faith and the miraculous be? Great wars and heroes come from desperate situations, being undersized, being insignificant, prayer, miracles and the power of a God that keeps His loving hand on the underdog! God uses the poor to confound the rich. And at the same time, the rich to supply the needs of the poor. Someone has to have possessions. And we are all disciples in our own way. We all have a cross to carry. That is God’s plan and how we work out our Salvation. This seems to be a one way gospel and life is not like that. I think Luke had an ego problem or was feeling sorry for himself or maybe he was just having a bad day. heehee

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