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09/04/16 Twenty Third Sunday in Ordinary Time - Deacon Tony

Deacon Tony Conti
Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 129
•    Today’s Gospel passage may seem a bit harsh on the surface… but in order to fully appreciate its message… Jesus’ words need to be reflected upon, and meditated upon, and prayed upon...
•    In order to understand what Jesus is saying to us, perhaps we should first try to discern what He’s Not saying...
•    Jesus isn’t telling us that we must literally hate our mothers and fathers, sisters and brothers, husbands, wives and children – He’s simply restating what He termed as the greatest commandment (Matthew 22:37-38):"You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and the first commandment.”
•    Likewise, in today’s Gospel when Jesus says: “In the same way, anyone of you who does not renounce all his possessions cannot be my disciple."  
•    Jesus isn’t asking us to sell our homes and our cars and all of our possessions and live in tents...
•    What He’s saying, is that we’re not to become attached to our possessions… that they must not become idols… and that we must be willing to part with any and all of them in a heartbeat, if asked to do so...
•    Jesus is telling us that although we’re called to make use of our possessions for our own good, and the good of others, we must at the same time, be detached from them...
•    And in a deeper way… Jesus is also reminding us that although we love and cling to family and friends, we must also be willing to let them go as well… when the time comes...
•    The crux of Jesus’ message in today’s Gospel is that in order to become fully human in the greatest sense of the term, and live full and rewarding lives… We must learn to surrender our lives and all that we hold dear… to God... 
•    We can never reach a destination or a goal by only going half way – We need to be committed to the goal fully in order to achieve it...
•    Jesus is seeking our total commitment to Him... To place Him at the very center of our lives...
•    All human aspirations… whether consciously realized or not, are seeking union with God... 
•    Every human being is born with an inherent longing for “re-union” with God…
•    Every human being desires to be successful… But how we define success makes all the difference...
•    If we define success as winning the approval and admiration of others, we will soon be disappointed; because human approval and admiration is fickle and fleeting at best...
•    If we define success in terms of power and position; we will soon find that these too are temporary, and don’t fulfill our deep desire for long term happiness and success...
•    True success, as Jesus has taught us, can only be measured in our service to others... 
•    Put simply - We achieve true and lasting success in life by making a positive difference in the lives of others...
•    The true stature of every human being.. the fullness of their humanity… is measured in their service to others... Not in their service to themselves...
•    It’s the lives that we touch along the way that help to make us fully human...
•    Jesus asks us in today’s Gospel: “Which of you wishing to construct a tower does not first sit down and calculate the cost to see if there is enough for its completion?”
•    Our faith demands a price from us – There’s a cost to be paid by each of us...
o    When we open one door in life, we also close several others... 
o    Every yes in life, brings with it a thousand no’s...
•    Jesus asks us to rid ourselves of the worldly myth that; “We can have it all” 
•    We’re called to make choices in this life – Jesus is asking us to face this fact, and to choose wisely...
•    The world often teaches us that we’re called to be complete masters of our destiny... That our goal in life is to need no one...
•    God, in His mercy and in His compassion, teaches us the truth, ever so gently, and ever so slowly, throughout our lives... The truth that we need each other…
•    We all came into this world needing the care and love of God through the kindness of others… and we will all leave it in the same way...
•    Many of us spend a good portion of our early lives running away from our humanity, and then spend the latter portion of our lives trying to reclaim it…
•    In the Gospel of John (6:67-69) where Jesus asks His disciples:"Do you also want to leave?"  Simon Peter answered him, "Master, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.  We have come to believe and are convinced that you are the Holy One of God."
o    To Whom shall we go? 
•    I’ll close with a quote from Father David Knight who wrote: “We cannot respond totally to the Master overnight.  We can only accept our sinfulness, our selfishness, our blindness, with humility; and sit at His feet as disciples.  He will gradually lead us to the total gift of ourselves.  But the disciple must accept from the beginning, that (their) total life is going to change.  This is how it must be if one is dealing with God.  This is how it must be with us.”  (His Way – Father David Knight, Pg.120.)
 

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