This Week’s Gospel Message

Thursday, September 5th, 2019

This Week’s Gospel message for Sunday, September 8th is from Luke 14:25-33.

“Great crowds were traveling with Jesus, and he turned and addressed them, ‘If anyone comes to me without hating his father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple. Whoever does not carry his own cross and come after me cannot be my disciple. . . .In the same way, anyone of you who does not renounce all his possessions cannot be my disciple.’”

“Interestingly, each statement Jesus makes about discipleship he phrases negatively, ending with ‘. . . cannot be my disciple.’ Jesus is aware that the demands of discipleship are not likely to be accepted. Jesus is challenging us to do what seems impossible, spurning one’s family, one’s possessions, one’s comfort, even one’s own life.” Source: Pastoral Patterns, Autumn 2019

DAILY READINGS FOR THE WEEK

Monday Col 1:24—2:3; Luke 6:6-11

Saint Peter Claver, Priest (Memorial) – “Born in Spain, Peter joined the Jesuits. He went to the missions in Cartegena, in Colombia . . . Peter ministered for nearly forty years to the newly arrived Africans with food, water, and medicine.” Source: Living With Christ, September 2019

Tuesday Col 2:6-15; Luke 6:12-19

Wednesday Col 3:1-11; Luke 6:20-26 

Thursday Col 3:12-17; Luke 6:27-38

Friday 1 Tim 1:1-2, 12-14; Luke 6:39-42

Saint John Chrysostom, Bishop and Doctor of the Church (Memorial) – “. . .as archbishop of Constantinople, he began a program of reform. Because he was uncompromising in political and ecclesiastical affairs, his enemies contrived to have him exiled, despite the efforts of the Holy See.” Source: Living With Christ, September 2019

Saturday Num 21:4b-9; Phil 2:6-11; John 3:13-17

The Exaltation of the Holy Cross (Feast) – “This feast commemorates the finding of the true cross by Emperor Constantine’s mother, Helen, the dedication of the original Church of the Holy Sepulchre in 335, and Christ’s victory over death by his crucifixion and resurrection.” Source: Living With Christ, September 2019

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