Wednesday 7 November 2018
Philippians 2:12-18. Psalm 26(27):1, 4, 13-14. Luke 14:25-33.
The Lord is my light and my salvation. Psalm 26(27):1, 4, 13-14.
‘Shine out among them like bright stars in the world.’
It is important to understand Jesus’ words. He is using a Jewish expression of his time in which ‘hate’ means ‘love less’. He is saying that we should love our relatives and ourselves less than we love God. We need this advice because we often give God second place in our lives. Love of God should come first, all other loves later.
Jesus goes on to say that his disciples should take up their cross and follow him. Discipleship is not an easy option. We have to be ready to renounce everything. Of course, it is worthwhile, but we naturally shrink from it. It is only with the Lord’s help that we can follow him. We ask for that grace.