Jesus said, “None of you can be my disciple unless he gives up everything he has.” (Lk 14:33)
Today’s Passage: Lk 14:25-33
Meditation: It is very interesting to hear such a funny demand from Jesus. Isn’t it so? In this day and age what we see and hear is quite different from Jesus’ strange demand. Security fund, caution deposit, this fund and that fund make modern man, on the one hand, hectic and on the other hand, feel happy and safe. Almost all the institutions mainly remind you of this.
Do you want to sponsor an ambulance for an institution? Then, be ready for paying its maintenance and driver’s salary too. Do you want to be a sponsor for a TV to an association or club? Then, be ready to pay its monthly cable connection charge too. Such silly things are not to be shared, we know. Let us think of schools, colleges, hostels and boarding, orphanages, hospitals and so on. Sorry to say, even marriages are also sometimes come under this big umbrella. At times, dear parents are nowhere and nobody, if security amount is not clearly settled. Have mercy on us, O Lord!
Jesus’ world is pretty another world. God speaks through prophet Isaiah, “My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways, my ways.” (Is 55:8) He doesn’t want what we have, but wants each one of us come back to him; everything is prepared and ready. (Lk 15:22, 23) St. Paul says, “It is you I want, not your money.” (2Cor 12:14) Can I say this to my brethren and friends, and receive them unconditionally in Jesus’ name? Do I believe that it is me he wants, not my money? If I am in him and for him, why am I so much occupied with worldly things? Let us be free of all other anxieties and follow him wholeheartedly.
Prayer: Lord God, we thank you and praise you for your daily eternal bread. Your call to give up everything and come to you freely is really a blessing. For, it makes us free of earthly worries and anxieties, enables us love you more than anything or anyone else, it helps us to be with you, and serve others without any distractions. We ask for this through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen!
Greetings: God is with you! Have a nice and blissful Wednesday…