Readings: Phil. 2:12-18 | Ps. 27:1, 4, 13-14 | Lk. 14:25-33
At the first reading of this Gospel, the message seems austere and rigorous. Christ seems to be calling us to forget our parents, friends, possessions and to embrace the cross instead. But upon rereading and praying with these passages again, one begins to see that Jesus is calling us to make God the first priority in our lives and everything will fall in line from there. However if we consider anything, including our own lives, more important than God, we will not be in the right relationship with God and our lives will be affected by these choices. Paul is likewise calling us to remember that the reason for doing anything should be love. If we love God as we should, we will love our neighbor and do everything for and out of love for God. That love makes us see our family, friends and neighbors as important and love them and provide for them. Our love of God impels us to be sure that our possessions (and all our family and friends) are seen as secondary to our relationship with God. In the end, it is rather likely that our loved one will be provided for generously.
List those who are important to you. Make a list of your possessions. Now rank order these lists. Where does God fall on your list? Be honest. Do you need to make any changes in order to have God as Numero Uno? Take one step today to get closer to God. Do something each day to be sure to put God first in your life.