Date: 25.06.2016, Saturday at 15.14 hoursLocation: Sao Paulo, sp.sp.
Proclamation of the Gospel (Lk 9.51 to 62)
Liturgy this Sunday, 26 June 2016.
"I was getting time Jesus was taken up into heaven. Then he made a firm decision to go to Jerusalem and sent messengers before him.They stood in the way and entered a village of the Samaritans, to prepare lodging for Jesus. But the Samaritans did not receive him, because Jesus gave the impression that he was going to Jerusalem.Seeing this, the disciples James and John said, "Lord, wilt thou we send down fire from heaven to destroy them?"
But Jesus turned and rebuked them. And they left for another village.While they were walking, someone on the road said to Jesus, "I will follow you wherever you go."Jesus answered him, "Foxes have holes and birds have nests; but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head. "
Jesus said to another, "Follow me."He replied: "Let me first go and bury my father."Jesus replied, "Let the dead bury their dead; but it will proclaim the Kingdom of God. "Still another said, "I will follow you, Lord, but first let me say goodbye to my family."But Jesus answered him, "He who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is not fit for the kingdom of God." ( 1 )
"DO NOT FOLLOW JESUS TO" GET "FREEDOM, FOLLOW IF YES IN FREEDOM" (2)
A. BIGCUORE´S REFLECTION. Those who follow Jesus must renounce himself, take up his cross and follow Him. The design of God should always come first. The disciple who does not understand this is not meant to follow Jesus. The calls that the Master does, brings with it the real meaning of freedom, since it implies a complete stripping HIMSELF, to embrace the Cross, which for us Christians is the symbol of true freedom.
The Master was misunderstood by many people of his time. The Gospel message is essentially the language of authentic and true love.
Even in the days today, (2016), this mindset has not changed almost nothing. Many people go to the temple by a social convention, custom etc. Most do not have the awareness of what means the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and the Holy Eucharist !.
They are still very attached to the navel ,; the raptures of ego, thinking that they are on the right track. False deception !. Follow the Master is to be willing to suffer persecution and even death. See what the terrorists of the Islamic State are causing Christians. They are being savagely killed, simply because they are followers of Jesus Christ!
By the way, say by the way, the Master did not fool anyone. He said the world his disciples would suffer much persecution because of his name and his gospel. But COURAGE !. I have overcome the world, he said.Let us lead by the Holy Spirit of God, as Paul says. Food us with the daily word of the Lord God; the sacraments, especially the Reconciliation and the Holy Eucharist, so that we can have the strength to follow the footsteps of the Master Jesus.
For this, it takes a lot of humility; much renunciation of personal vanities; "Sefie" ego and inflamed by the sap of pride. Let us not be deceived by the snares of the evil one. Let us arm ourselves with the shield of faith; the helmet of salvation and the sword of Christ, which is his word.
Come down on you and your whole family, the blessing of God who is Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen! A happy and holy Sunday to all!
(1) CN Portal. Gospel of Sunday, 26/06/2016.(2) Bible Ave Maria, study guide. Note footer, page 1,643.(*) The author is a Friend of Good and communicator of the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the entire planet. Access: HTTP://antonibigcuore.blogspot.com (self, spirituality and healthy living).