The Cost of Being a Disciple:“a spool without thread…., a marble, a button, a smooth polished stone.” Gospel of the 23d Sunday of Ordinary Time

Luke 14:25-33 

The Cost of Being a Disciple:“a spool without thread…., a marble, a button, a smooth polished stone.”

25 Large Crowds were traveling with Jesus, and turning to them he said: 26 “If anyone comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters—yes, even their own life—such a person cannot be my disciple. 27 And whoever does not carry their cross and follow me cannot be my disciple.

28 “Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Won’t you first sit down and estimate the cost to see if you have enough money to complete it? 29 For if you lay the foundation and are not able to finish it, everyone who sees it will ridicule you, 30 saying, ‘This person began to build and wasn’t able to finish.’

31 “Or suppose a king is about to go to war against another king. Won’t he first sit down and consider whether he is able with ten thousand men to oppose the one coming against him with twenty thousand? 32 If he is not able, he will send a delegation while the other is still a long way off and will ask for terms of peace. 33 In the same way, those of you who do not give up everything you have cannot be my disciples.

Coincident with the Birthday of The Virgin: September 8, 2019

St. Josemaria  Escriva:   

   “We have wanted to offer our Mother a token of affection, though it be only the gift of a poor flower, which has no fragrance and is all but colorless. But she accepts it, she receives it affectionately because she is a Mother, and what a Mother!

               “We want to be like the child who comes up to his mother and, as a proof of his affection, doesn’t offer her precious toys, which he doesn’t consider his own, but puts his hand into his pocket and gives here what is of most value to him, his treasure: a spool without thread…., a marble, a button, a smooth polished stone. Strangers may smile at the scene, but the mother’s heart is moved by her son’s childlike ways. Mother of mine, we have given you everything we have, like the child who shows his great and pure love for his mother. And we also bring you our desires to be holy while we live here below.”[1]

Blogger: The child is giving what the Lord prescribes for everyone (“Large crowds”): The Cross of being a disciple of Christ is one’s very self. It is an unequaled “sting.” The “truth of Mary” is the very gift of herself which was to freely give Christ – Who is her very self –  to the death willed by the Father (the Divine Love itself). I use the word “sting” because What the Lord is asking for is so intimate and dear to us that to give it is to be “stung.” It is to hate what is  intimately dear to me. E.g. Abraham was asked to kill his only begotten son Isaace. He was asked “to hate” him, and kill him. To give what is most dear to you – as Christ was to our Lady – is “to hate Him.” “Will you hate your dearly beloved and kill Him for love of Me?” This highlights the radical nature of divine Love. This alone is eternal life. This alone is what we are to understand as God. It’s not that you give everything away, but that you give yourself away. This is divine vocation to sanctity. It’s a gift that can take place amidst much “having.” To a child, it is “a spool without thread…., a marble, a button, a smooth polished stone.” It’s always the self.


[1] Taken from a meditation on September 8, 1966.

   

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