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Something to Think About ...

A weekly devotional  from Holy Trinity Parish,
using Scripture readings from the July 14th, 2014 liturgy

…whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.”

Mt 10:13
Today’s is a difficult Gospel to hear. Jesus, the Prince of Peace, is saying something less than peaceful: “I have come to set daughter against mother…” and “Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me…” But we are taught to honor our father and mother. Are we now to believe that Jesus will bring division within our family? We know historically that there were family divisions when one member followed Jesus and other family members did not. What are we to do?

Jesus is clear. If we have faith and truly believe that Jesus Christ is the path to salvation – which we do – then our family members cannot get in the way of our salvation. Jesus does not despise families. But, remember what He said when he was told that His family wanted to see Him. He said: “My mother and brothers are the ones who hear the word of God and do it.” (Luke 8:21)

In today’s Gospel Jesus said “Whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.” We are asked to make our allegiance to Jesus the center of our lives. For Jesus, our family relationship should not be allowed to draw us away from our belief in Jesus as our savior. He demands that we do what we know is right, not what will make us popular within our family or with our friends. In some situations, that can be a hard choice.

As I think about this Gospel message, consider what family issues are separating me from following the Word of God? Remember Jesus’ message: “My mother and brothers and sisters are the ones who hear the word of God and do it.”
Rev. Msgr. James C. Kidder

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