Journey into Freedom Day 10

A cross

Preparation: Begin by stilling; then dedicating the time of prayer to God and asking God that all you think, feel and imagine are for the glory of God.

Gift: I ask to appreciate how radical and all consuming God’s call can be.

Setting: Read the Bible passage below and imagine you are one of the people listening to Jesus in the story and imagine what it must have been like for that person.

Luke 14:25-35 NRSVCE

Now great multitudes accompanied Jesus; and he turned and said to them, “If any one comes to me and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple.

Whoever does not bear his own cross and come after me, cannot be my disciple.

For which of you, desiring to build a tower, does not first sit down and count the cost, whether he has enough to complete it? Otherwise, when he has laid a foundation, and is not able to finish, all who see it begin to mock him, saying, ‘This man began to build, and was not able to finish.’

Or what king, going to encounter another king in war, will not sit down first and take counsel whether he is able with ten thousand to meet him who comes against him with twenty thousand? And if not, while the other is yet a great way off, he sends an embassy and asks terms of peace.

So therefore, whoever of you does not renounce all that he has cannot be my disciple.

A cross

Conversation: Talk to Christ in your own words as a friend or leader. You may want to talk about the way you are called to follow Christ.

Final Prayer: End with a formal prayer such as the Lord’s Prayer/Our Father.

A Thought for Today: The treasure lies in what you may consider a most unlikely field - yourself. - Gerard W. Hughes SJ

 

Priorities

Today’s Scripture has a harsh sound. Jesus addresses ‘a great multitude’ who ‘accompanied him’. To follow Jesus is not a walk in the park or a pleasant stroll, but rather a lifetime commitment. A commitment that must take priority over family and possessions.

Although not all of us are called to leave friends and family to be disciples of Christ, all Christians are called to put Gospel values first.