“a Lamp to my feet. a Light for my path.” – Matthew 10:34-39

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TODAY’S WORD…

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Jesus said,

“Don’t imagine that I came to bring peace to the earth!

I came not to bring peace, but a sword.

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‘I have come to set a man against his father,
a daughter against her mother,
and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law.
Your enemies will be right in your own household!’

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If you love your father or mother more than you love me,

you are not worthy of being mine;

or if you love your son or daughter more than me,

you are not worthy of being mine.

If you refuse to take up your cross and follow me,

you are not worthy of being mine.

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If you cling to your life, you will lose it;

but if you give up your life for me, you will find it.”

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– Matthew 10:34-39 (NLT)

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REFLECTION…

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Our Lord has not come to bring a false and earthly peace

– certainly not the sort of tranquillity that the self-seeking person strives for.

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Tranquility and peace at any cost?

No, not unless we are prepared to lose our soul in the process.

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Jesus is clearly telling us

that even where, on the surface, what appears to motivate us is love for others,

we must be extremely wary of our innate selfishness

which can result in self-centered reasoning.

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The sword that Jesus mentions is the Word of God,

which is what can lead to the examples of divisions that Jesus gives us.

Even within families,

the Word of God can lead to those who embrace the faith

being regarded as traitors and enemies by relatives who resist the word of truth

and who choose to misinterpret, disregard or disobey God’s commandments.

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This is why our Lord goes on to say

that nothing should come between Him and His follower

– not even father, mother, son or daughter.

With God there must be no compromise,

and any and every obstacle must be avoided.

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But even our own parents?

Even our own sons and daughters?

Yes, because our love for our parents and for our children

should not come before our love for God,

who we should love with all our heart, mind, soul and strength.

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Following Christ and doing what He asks,

means risking this present life to gain eternal life.

If there should be any clashes with our parents, with our children

or with other relatives, friends and colleagues

because we are intent on obeying the Lord,

then we should be quite clear in mind and in heart

that we must always put God first

and to let Him have His way.

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A true follower of Christ

must always handle such situations in a spirit of gentleness and love,

even when this is returned with hurtful mockery and even hate.

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Clearly, Christian life is based on self-denial,

and there is no Christianity without the Cross.

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QUOTE…

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“People who are constantly concerned with themselves,

who act above all for their own satisfaction,

endanger their eternal salvation

and cannot avoid being unhappy even in this life.

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Only if a person forgets himself

and gives himself to God and to others,

in marriage as well as in any other aspect of life,

can he be happy on this earth,

with a happiness that is a preparation for, and a foretaste of,

the joy of Heaven”

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– St. Josemaria Escriva

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REPETITIVE PRAYER FOR TODAY…

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Lord, make me strong in faith – I want to give up my life for You!

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