THE DIVINITIES OF GOD, REPENTANCE & FORGIVENESS AND GIVING UP EVERYTHING FOR THE SAKE OF CHRIST - SUNDAY REFLECTION

4 September, 2016

1st READING (Wisdom 9: 13-19)
THEME: Who can divine the will of God?
2nd READING (Philemon 9-10, 12-17)
THEME: Have him back, not as slave any more but as a dear brother.
GOSPEL (Luke 14: 25-33)
THEME: None of you can be my disciple unless he gives up all his belongings

Today’s first reading tells us about the omnipotence of God. He is so great that no one can divine his will. What a mighty God!
Today’ second reading portrays three characters:


1.    Philemon (The Offended)
2.    Onesimus (The Offender)
3.    Paul (The Intercessor )


Onesimus, a slave offended Philemon his master and ran to Paul. Paul interceded on his behalf because he had repented of his sins. Philemon forgave and accepted Onesimus back, not as a slave again but as a blood-brother and a brother in Christ. We Christians should learn from the character portrayed by Onesimus (Repentant heart), Paul (Interceding on behalf of our friends and brothers) and Philemon (Forgiving heart).


In the gospel today Jesus said, “if any man comes to me without hating his father, mother, wife, children, brothers, sisters, yes and even his own life too, he can’t be my disciple”. This is a mysterious saying. Interpreting it literally leads to misinterpretation. What he means is all that will draw you back or distracts you from serving God. Yes! your money or wealth can be your wife or husband when you value it more than the things of God. Make a right scale of preference. Put God first and other things may follow later. The bible tells us, “Seek you first the kingdom of God and its righteousness and every other thing shall be added unto you”. 
HAVE A BLESSED WEEK.
 

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