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Saturday, June 29, 2013

My Lord says ... Luke 9:51-62


*SUNDAY GOSPEL

When the days for Jesus’ being taken up were fulfilled, He resolutely determined to journey to Jerusalem, and He sent messengers ahead of Him.  On the way, they entered a Samaritan village to prepare for His reception there, but they would not welcome Him because the destination of His journey was Jerusalem.  When the disciples James and John saw this, they asked, “Lord do you want us to call down fire from heaven to consume them?”  Jesus turned and rebuked them, and they journeyed to another village.  As they were proceeding on their journey, someone said to Him, “I will follow you wherever you go.”  Jesus answered him, “Foxes have dens and birds of the sky have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to rest his head.”  And to another, He said, “Follow me.”  But he replied, “Lord, let me go first and bury my father.”  But He answered him, “Let the dead bury their dead.  But you, go and proclaim the Kingdom of God.”  And another said, “I will follow you, Lord, but first let me say farewell to my family at home.”  To him, Jesus said, 


“No one who sets a hand to the plow 
and looks to what was left behind
 is fit for the Kingdom of God.”



DECISION MAKING

In serving the Lord, whether becoming a nun or a priest, one really has to decide truthfully and sincerely, if a person is willing to give up everything for the Lord without turning or looking back.   It’s a vocation that God calls you to serve Him and no one else.  But there are people, who took the vocation of becoming a priest or nun for many years after ordination, but in later years, they leave their  vocation, probably due to some general factors, like health condition, moral issues, sexual abuse, sexuality issues, and emotional state (likes to marry someone).  The latter reason is a good example, I can say, is very true because a friend of mine has a cousin who got married to a former priest.  The priest quit his vocation and married my friend’s cousin.  They now have two teenage children.  Nevertheless, we can’t judge them for doing so because God can only judge them.  

Actually, I have a cousin, who entered the seminary.  He will be ordained as a deacon in 2018.  I wrote an article about him with the same title as this post, Decision Making.

In our daily living whether as a laity or not, putting God at the center of our family relationship, is considered our journey in making a firm decision.  That each one of the family members upholds what God intends us to do, if we are really to follow Him.  There must be no excuses or alibis not to say the family rosary prayer,  have Bible reading, hear Sunday Mass, say a prayer every meals, respect and love each other, and other goodness we can offer to do for family members, as well as, others.  It's never too late to change our strayed life or do anything good for the glory of God.

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" I will sing of your salvation. In you, O Lord, I take refuge; let me never be put to shame. In your justice rescue me and deliver me; incline your ear to me, and save me. Be my rock of refuge, a stronghold to give me safety, for you are rock and my fortress. O my God, rescue me from the hand of the wicked. For you are my hope, O Lord, my trust, O God from my youth. On you I depend my birth; from my mother's womb, you are my strength. My mouth shall declare your justice, day by day your salvation. O God, you have taught me from my youth, and till the present I proclaim your wondrous deeds."

Psalm 71:1-2, 3-4a

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