First Reading: Philippians 2:12-18
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 27
Gospel: Luke 14:25-33
As I was driving home tonight, I realized the situation for our presidential election (as well as other leaders) was not looking too good. Even as I write this now, John McCain is severely lagging behind in the polls. All week I had hoped for Senator McCain to pull a major come from behind victory, but as things are shaping up right now it does not appear to be so. These types of situations are hard for us to understand as catholics, how this is all a part of God's plan. I found a lot of comfort and gained valuable perspective from today's reading. In today's gospel Jesus talks of how everything in this world must come second to God, even our own family! To be a follower of Jesus we are asked to take up crosses and follow Him where ever we are called. I have no doubts that throughout the years ahead we are going to be asked to carry many more crosses for our saviour, let us look to carry any such hardships and challenges for the glory of our Lord. Christ carried a cross of great magnitude, all for love of us. May we pick up any and all crosses that we are called to, for love of Him.
Today, let us reflect on some of today's words of Saint Paul to the Philippians:
For God is the one who, for his good purpose,
works in you both to desire and to work.
Do everything without grumbling or questioning,
that you may be blameless and innocent,
children of God without blemish
in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation,
among whom you shine like lights in the world,
as you hold on to the word of life,
so that my boast for the day of Christ may be
that I did not run in vain or labor in vain.
Lord God, we thank you for the gift of this day. Lord help us to put all of our trust into you and your plan for our lives, the lives of others, our nation, and our world. Lord God, be with all our elected leaders this day, may the come to follow you and your will. Lord, we pray for your forgiveness for any judgement that we have thought. Lord, increase our faith, hope, and love of you and of others. We ask this all as humble servants of Christ. Amen.