The Lord has spoken to us in very powerful language this Sunday. The book of Wisdom also tells us that we must put God first in our lives and let go of all that is not of the Lord. We hear also in the second reading of Paul’s letter to Philemon in words that assure us that God is master of our lives. Alleluia! So, give your all.
The Lord challenges us today to put Him first over everything else. The gospel proclaims, “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.” This is a challenging word to basically always put the Lord first.
Church Family, as we wrestle with our own problems, even our church has problems with burglary and vandalism, with less money coming in, with the sad and dangerous situations plaguing our neighborhoods, weather disasters, and the uncertainty of the future, we must still turn ourselves over to the Lord and say, “Lord, you take over.”
Pray this week especially for your own rededication of putting Jesus first. Stand in awe as in the book of Wisdom that proclaims, “When things are in heaven, who can search them out? If all the things in this world cannot be understood, then certainly the things of heaven are far beyond us. So, we have to just proclaim, “Lord, take over, please.” Amen.