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Wednesday of the Thirty-first Week in Ordinary Time

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Gospel text (Lk 14:25-33): Great crowds were traveling with Jesus, and he turned and addressed them, “If anyone comes to me without hating his father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple. Whoever does not carry his own cross and come after me cannot be my disciple..." Great crowds were traveling with Jesus, and he turned and addressed them, “If anyone comes to me without hating his father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple. Whoever does not carry his own cross and come after me cannot be my disciple.

Which of you wishing to construct a tower does not first sit down and calculate the cost to see if there is enough for its completion? Otherwise, after laying the foundation and finding himself unable to finish the work the onlookers should laugh at him and say, ‘This one began to build but did not have the resources to finish.’ Or what king marching into battle would not first sit down and decide whether with ten thousand troops he can successfully oppose another king advancing upon him with twenty thousand troops? But if not, while he is still far away, he will send a delegation to ask for peace terms. In the same way, everyone of you who does not renounce all his possessions cannot be my disciple.”

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?