ISAIAH 1:10-17; PSALM 50; MATTHEW 10:34-11:1
In the first reading God wants the people to be concerned with justice and peace and not sacrifice. Jesus in the gospel gave us the criteria for worthy discipleship. Firstly, we must love Jesus more than, parents and children: Jesus says in the gospel, “He who loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; and he who loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.” Every disciple must endeavour to love God above all things. Secondly, we must take up our cross and follow him: Jesus says in the gospel “he who does not take up his cross and follow me is not worthy of me.” Thus, worthy disciples must learn to carry their cross at all times. Lastly we must do good; Jesus says in the gospel whoever gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones… will be rewarded and he whoever receives you receives me. Beloved, as Christians we must do good at all times, irrespective of the receiver. God bless you.
I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament.
I love You above all things,
and I desire to receive You into my soul.
Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally,
come at least spiritually into my heart.
I embrace You as if You were already there
and unite myself wholly to You.
Never permit me to be separated from You. Amen.