In our gospel today, Luke 14: 25-33, Jesus is traveling with a crowd, and he tells them that if they want to be his disciple, but do so without hating their family, they cannot be his disciple. This statement sounds shocking and seems to be in conflict with the commandment of honor thy father and mother.
What is lost in the translation, is that in those times, hate also meant to love less.
What Jesus was telling them is that to follow him, they must put him first, ahead of their family, which was the most important thing to people in that time.
This was a hard concept for some people to accept, because they felt they had a limited amount of love, and if they gave more to someone, they had less for others.
That’s not how it works with Jesus and his love. His love is unlimited, and when you love him and put him first, you have more love for your family and others.
I saw this modeled with my parents. The stronger their faith and the more they loved Jesus, the more love they had for everyone. I pray my family sees this modeled in me.
De Colores, Deacon Kevin
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