Sunday, September 4, 2016

23rd Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year C

Whoever does not bear his own cross and come after me, cannot be my disciple.... Whoever does not renounce his possessions cannot be my disciple, says Jesus in today's gospel (Luke 14: 25-33). In a commentary read at Vigils this morning, St. John Cassian (c. 360-433) speaks of this renunciation:
This forgetfulness will be achieved when, dead with Christ to the elemental spirits of this world, we contemplate as the Apostle says, not the things that are seen but those that are unseen, for what is seen is temporal but what is unseen is eternal.
It will be achieved when it in our hearts we leave this temporal and visible house and turn the eyes of our mind toward that in which we shall live for ever; when, though living in the world, we cease to follow the spirit of the world in order to fight for the Lord, proclaiming by our holy way of life that, as the Apostle says, “our homeland is in heaven.”

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