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Liturgical day: Wednesday 31st in Ordinary Time

Gospel text (Lk 14,25-33): When large crowds were walking along with Jesus, He turned and said to them, «If you come to me, without being ready to give up your love for your father and mother, your spouse and children, your brothers and sisters, and indeed yourself, you cannot be my disciple. Whoever does not follow me carrying his own cross cannot be my disciple...». One day, when large crowds were walking along with Jesus, He turned and said to them, «If you come to me, without being ready to give up your love for your father and mother, your spouse and children, your brothers and sisters, and indeed yourself, you cannot be my disciple. Whoever does not follow me carrying his own cross cannot be my disciple.

»Do you build a house without first sitting down to count the cost to see whether you have enough to complete it? Otherwise, if you have laid the foundation and are not able to finish it, everyone will make fun of you: ‘This fellow began to build and was not able to finish’. And when a king wages war against another king, does he go to fight without first sitting down to consider whether his ten thousand can stand against the twenty thousand of his opponent? And if not, while the other is still a long way off he sends messengers for peace talks. In the same way, none of you may become my disciple if he doesn't give up everything he has».

Illustration: Mr. Josep Lluís Martínez i Picañol (Picanyol)

Today we discover that Christian life is a journey with Jesus. And in His "car" we all fit: relatives, friends ... But although many people aim to be Christians, in reality, they do not travel with Jesus: they remain at the starting point, or leave soon, or make another trip with other companions ... How come? Baggage problems!

-Well ... our luggage is the Cross! Which is worth one’s while if it means going with Jesus?