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Saturday, 31 October 2009 20:45

 

W hat is it that we have to let go of, give up, or give to someone else?   What greed or possessiveness holds us back?  Sweet Honey in the Rock sings a song about how easy it is to see other peoples’ greed and how hard it is to see greed in ourselves.   We may be greedy about things other than possessions as well that may limit our ability to love and serve. 

 

Wednesday of the 31st Week in Ordinary Time

Romans 13:8-10

Psalm 112:1b-2, 4-5, 9

L uke 14:25-33 Now great multitudes accompanied him; and he turned and said to them, (26) "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. (27) Whoever does not bear his own cross and come after me, cannot be my disciple. (28) 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? (29) 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.' (31) 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? (32) And if not, while the other is yet a great way off, he sends an embassy and asks terms of peace. (33) So, therefore, whoever of you does not renounce all that he has cannot be my disciple.

           

Meditation by Sue Crawford

In the same way, everyone of you who does not renounce all his possessions cannot be my disciple.

 

Calls to die to self and give of self echo throughout the gospels.  What strikes me new today is the connection between the stories of preparation and planning and the call to renounce all possessions.  The call to renounce possessions in my mind fits easily with the first portion of the gospel; it fits taking up your cross, and being willing to sacrifice family and life.   When I see the call to renounce possessions in the light of these first passages it reads as if the key issue is priorities and a willingness to sacrifice when called upon.  That “when called upon” is our great loophole is it not?  Sure, if I were called to leave my family and all I have with some clear call I would go—but now I’m called to be here – to raise children, to grade papers, to be a spouse, right?

 

Linking the story of preparing to build the tower and preparing to fight the battle to the renouncing of possessions closes the loophole.   Renouncing possessions is the preparation for whatever we’re called to do.  We cannot be prepared to be disciples; to see how to give generously to the poor, to really love one another, or to work for justice without that preparation.  We are not to renounce if called upon – we’re to renounce in order to be called and to be able to respond.

 

That leaves the question of what it means to renounce our possessions today in our current circumstances.  What is it that we have to let go of, give up, or give to someone else?   What greed or possessiveness holds us back?  Sweet Honey in the Rock sings a song about how easy it is to see other peoples’ greed and how hard it is to see greed in ourselves.   We may be greedy about things other than possessions as well that may limit our ability to love and serve.  We may  covet our neighbors’ publications or achievements.  We may be greedy in hoarding our time.

 

I thank Jesus for the radical message that He continues to teach and pray that the Spirit helps us each to see what further renunciation needs to occur today so that we are prepared to be true disciples.

 

 

Supplementary Reading

lAW-ABIDING

 

Not because Abraham obeyed the Law, but because he believed and was accepted as righteous by God. – Romans 4:13

 

It’s interesting to note some of the additional laws that the Pharisees tacked on the Sabbath rule.

A man could ride a donkey without breaking the rule, but if he carried a switch then he’d be guilty of laying a burden on it.

A woman could not look in the mirror lest she sees a gray hair and be tempted to pluck it.

More recently, there are hotels in Israel that install “Shabbat” elevators. These elevators stop at every floor during Sabbath so that Orthodox Jews can avoid work by not having to push the buttons.

Extreme, huh? Well it’s easy for us to point our finger at another but what about us?

We shy away from “meditating” lest we be accused of being New Agers.

We associate rock and roll, tattoos and body piercing with the work of the devil.

We think our request won’t be granted if we don’t complete our novena.

When will we learn that the solution to sin is not an ever-stricter code of behavior?

It is simply to know God. Cecil Lim

 

REFLECTION:

Do you focus too much on trivialities and in doing so lose sight of the whole picture?

                             

Lord, help me overcome my legalistic tendencies



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