Weekend Reflections for 9/18/15
THE CHALLENGES OF BEING JESUS' DISCIPLE
In this week's Gospels Jesus continues to spell out the challenges of being one of his disciples. To be his follower they will have to renounce themselves (whatever exactly that might mean) and take up their own cross; to be his follower means to have a leader who will be handed over to suffer and die at the hands of his own religious leaders; to be his followers they will have to be self-sacrificing and serve one another putting the needs and priorities of the others above their own.
For these men and women, not surprisingly, these words were often confusing and upsetting and yet at the same times they hesitated to ask him what it all meant. But despite all of this they placed their trust in him and stayed with him. They were in a word blessed with faith.
These are the problems and issues which have confronted Jesus followers down to the ages. Let us pray for one another as well as to these first followers and to Jesus that we too will trust him, stay with him and be blessed faith.
PLEASE PRAY FOR THOSE ON RETREAT THIS WEEK AS WELL AS OUR DECEASED RETREATANTS.
PLEASE PRAY FOR PEACE IN OUR COMMUNITY
UPCOMING RETREATS WITH OPENINGS:
Men: 9/21, 9/28, 10/12, 10/15
Women: 11/16, 1/1
First Responder's Retreat: 11/2 - 11/4