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.