Tuesday, November 07, 2017
WEDNESDAY, 31st Week in Ordinary Time
November 8, 2017 – WEDNESDAY, 31st Week in Ordinary Time
Rom 13: 8- 10 / Lk 14: 25- 33
1ST READING: Rom 13: 8-10
Do not be in debt to anyone. Let this be the only debt of one to another: Love. The one who loves his or her neighbor fulfilled the Law. For the commandments: Do not commit adultery, do not kill, do not covet and whatever else are summarized in this one: You will love your neighbor as yourself. Love cannot do the neighbor any harm; so love fulfills the whole Law.
GOSPEL READING: Lk 14: 25- 33
One day when large crowds were walking along with Jesus, he turned around and said to them, "If you come to me, without being ready to give up your love for your father and mother, your spouse and children, your brothers and sisters, and indeed yourself, you cannot be my disciple. Whoever does not follow me carrying his own cross cannot be my disciple.
"Do you build a house without first sitting down to count the cost to see whether you have enough to complete it? Otherwise, if you have laid the foundation and are not able to finish it, everyone will make fun of you: 'This fellow began to build and was not able to finish.'
"And when a king wages war against another king, does he go to fight without first sitting down to consider whether his ten thousand can stand against the twenty thousand of his opponent? And if not, while the other is still a long way off he sends messengers for peace talks. In the same way, none of you may become my disciple if he doesn't give up everything he has."
In the first reading Paul reminds the Romans about the commandment of love: "You will love your neighbor as yourself. Love cannot do the neighbor any harm; so love fulfills the whole Law."
In the Gospel reading Jesus tells us that the following of Christ demands we learn to bear our own crosses as Jesus did and that we be ready to give up whatever or whoever hinders our following of Christ. The follower of Jesus should be ready even to give up family and family ties as may be required in his service and following of Jesus.
Jesus also compares the following of Jesus to the planning and determination needed to finish the construction of a house and to the planning and strategy needed to wage and win a war against the enemy. We must plan to do properly what is needed in my following of Christ. As needed, we should assure that we have the proper resources and disposition to successfully follow Christ.
Lord, teach me to follow you as you deserve and please help me to have the proper resources and determination to follow and serve you.
WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER INTENTIONS:
BRIX J. R. ANGOBUNG
PATROCINIO "PAT" CO ANG & FAMILY
Finally, we pray for one another, for those who have asked our prayers and for those who need our prayers the most.
Have a good day!
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