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Embrace the hard sayings

Nice-guy Jesus inhabits our religious imagination, a carryover from the coloring books. This smiling Lord seeks lost sheep and welcomes prodigal kids home. He banishes fevers and wipes away tears. It can be a jarring wake-up call to encounter the gospel Jesus, who does all those things but also says we have to give up everything to be his followers. Can’t we negotiate here? Does “all” really mean all? A very few will take this saying literally. The vast majority of us spend our lives seeking a comfortable compromise. Jesus is asking for ultimate loyalty, not personal poverty. Does he have your heart?

Today’s readings:Wisdom 9:13-18b; Philemon 9-10, 12-17; Luke 14:25-33 (129).

“Any one of you who does not renounce all his possessions cannot be my disciple.”

Prepare the word

Rick Pilger

Father Pilger, I.C. was born in Canton, Illinois and was ordained at St. John’s Seminary, Wonersh, England in December 1978. He joined the Blessed Sacrament Parish in August 1995, coming here from Sacred Heart Parish in Bradenton Florida. After 22 years as Parochial Vicar, he was appointed Pastor by Bishop Gregory Parkes in June 20, 2017.

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