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The Awful Gospel of the Cross

Cycle COrdinary TimeWeek 23

by Bishop Robert BarronSeptember 08, 20133 Comments

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This week's Gospel contains one of the greatest challenges Jesus ever offered to his disciples: "If anyone comes to me without hating his father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple." Here Christ is emphasizing the great spiritual principle of detachment. In order to live healthy spiritual lives we must love Christ most of all, with everything else finding its meaning in relation to God.

Mass Readings

Reading 1 - Wisdom 9:13-18
Psalm - Psalms 90:3-17
Reading 2 - Philemon 1:9-17
Gospel - Luke 14:25-33