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Liturgical day: Sunday 13th (A) in Ordinary Time

Gospel text (Mt 10,37-42): Jesus said to his disciples, «(…) One who loses his life for my sake will find it». Jesus said to his apostles, «Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me. And whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. And whoever does not take up his cross and come after me is not worthy of me. One who wants to benefit from his life will lose it; one who loses his life for my sake will find it.

»Whoever welcomes you welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes him who sent me. The one who welcomes a prophet as a prophet will receive the reward of a prophet; the one who welcomes a just man because he is a just man will receive the reward of a just man. And if anyone gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones, because he is a disciple of mine, I assure you, he will not go unrewarded».

Illustration: Francesc Badia

Today we hear several teachings from Jesus that sound sort of "stiff." But in reality everything is simple: "to love God above all things". That is, to love everything in my life with the very heart of Jesus. There is no incompatibility between loving God and loving my parents, my brothers, my own life... Because God himself loves my parents, my brothers, my life... If I am in God, in God I will love everything.

- They say that "pain is the touchstone of love". This is why Jesus advises us to adopt the cross. Have you ever thought how much your parents have foregone for you?