Sisters of St. Francis of the Holy Cross in Green Bay, WI
Reflection for Sept. 8, 2019

Reflection for Sept. 8, 2019

Living in a right relationship with Jesus

Sunday's message centers on making God the priority in our lives

by Sister Agnes Fischer

The ending verse of Sunday's Gospel could be very frightening. Why do I have to give up everything I own and become materially poor to become a disciple?

Well, I really don’t! Relax, Jesus is not calling me to give up my retirement savings, my car, home, or even my family. Jesus is calling me to make a radical change away from being “class conscious” and keeping my eyes on the next rung up the ladder. No longer is “social status” an important guideline and goal. Instead, my attention should focus on loving God and loving all his children. In this kind of kingdom, everyone has the same status -- not the social kind, but the greatest status of all: the knowledge that we belong to God’s household, that we are His kingdom kids.

My bond with Jesus takes absolute precedence over all other bonds, familial or social. Love of riches or their selfish use is absolutely incompatible with love for the poor. My attitude toward possessions -- all of which I hold in stewardship for God -- and my willingness to share shows where my heart is in relation to true discipleship.

Following Jesus is not easy but His help never falters.


Sister Donna Koch
09/06/2019 9:21 am

Thanks Aggie. I appreciate your challenge.

09/06/2019 10:25 am

Thank you for your insightful presentation on this passage in Sacred Scripture. I appreciate your last comment reminding me that Jesus said, "My yoke is easy and my burden light." He carries us when the going gets tough!

Rev. William Jacobs, Jr.
09/06/2019 7:12 pm

I always look forward to these reflections from the various good Sisters. Thanks for the work you folks are doing. It gives me "food for thought" for the weekend. Some of your work creeps into my weekend homilies at times...

It was so good to celebrate the Assumption Mass at your beautiful Convent this past Summer. I have enjoyed a magnificently wonderful career - it all started with the Good Sisters of St. Francis at Holy Cross School in Bay Settlement. I shall for forever grateful.. In Christ's Never-ending Love, Father Bill Jacobs

Rev. William Jacobs, Jr.
09/06/2019 7:13 pm

A precious site!

Thanks so very much,

Father Bill

Paul Fischer
09/07/2019 9:39 pm

Thanks for the good words, Agnes........ and yes, following Jesus does make things easier, especially when life gets difficult......Good thoughts..............

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