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If anyone comes to me and does not hate his father and mother, wife…

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  • Description: Jesus’ teaching today is about real Christian Discipleship. Principally the Cross or the ability to bare the Cross, to bare ones burdens for the love of our neighbour because we love our God. This is an important aspect of the faith that we’d like to talk about today using two of the very important texts or messages that Jesus gave us in the Gospel today. The first text: “If anyone comes to me and does not hate his father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, even his own life he cannot be my Disciple”. That’s super strong, right? Two things to have clear though, what Jesus does not mean by this and what Jesus does mean by this, otherwise it’s a very powerful statement. What Jesus does not mean is that we’re not meant to take this absolutely completely literally. Remember, Jesus is talking to Eastern people in an Eastern culture and they’re way of making important points was to use very, very vivid images. You remember other occasions when Jesus made other statements like this, “If your hand causes you to sin, cut it off. If your eye causes you to sin, pluck it out. Even today, everyone who does not renounce all of their possessions cannot be my Disciple.” Friends clearly Jesus is not asking us to mutilate our bodies or become destitute over night, no. What He means by the expression He made, is that, we are never to love with the same intensity and the same level those things nearest and dearest to ourselves like family and friends in the same… For Fr. Nicholas’ complete homily please listen to the Audio.

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