The Detachment of Attachment … Sunday, September 8

Jesus on the wall of the senior Home

“Follow me.”

The Gospel of the Lord … Luke 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. 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, anyone of you who does not renounce all his possessions cannot be my disciple.”
     You can’t really be attached to Jesus and be attached to any one or any thing else, can you? To be attached to Him requires the ultimate in detachment from all else. No person, regardless how much we love them or are loved by them, no home or country, and it doesn’t matter how dear they are to us, no social position, and impressive or powerful does not count, no possession, despite its value, can mean more to us than Him if we’re really going to follow Jesus. And that’s because really following Jesus requires the realization that the One who created all things, including those just mentioned along with all others, is more important, more fine, and more lovable, more worthy of ALL our love, than any created thing ever could be. All of that? All of that means giving up every thing else for the One Who is worth more and more worthy than all else combined. And every word in this paragraph falls infinite light years short of doing justice to the reasoning behind following Jesus. That’s because there’s more than reason to it, and the other aspect, which is heart and love, is in this instance impossible to put into words. Poets try and fail. Matters of the heart are understood only within the heart and words only confuse the issue.
     I think most folks realize that to honestly follow Jesus, as a true Christian, they have to put Him first. What’s sad is how we often maneuver around this truth. Maneuvering requires rationalizations, justifications, and excuses. These are salves that we often use to cover up the pain of an aching conscience. If a conscience aches? Unless we’re victims of scrupulosity any pain of conscience doesn’t require salve such as this. It begs for soul-searching and repentance.
     Years ago I was talking with a man when the subject of “church” came up. Now, he didn’t attend any form of religious services but he said that if he ever did he would go to fill-in-the-blank and no place else because that’s where his grandmother had always gone. He was content with his religious convictions. But he was putting his grandmother first, and Jesus either second or third depending on how attached he was to fill-in-the-blank. He didn’t see this. It’s hard to see the truth, the Truth that is Christ, when grandma and fill-in-the-blank are standing between us and Him. And it isn’t because grandma and fill-in-the-blank stepped between the person and Jesus. It’s because the person made a choice as to where they would stand, and they stood so as to put something between them and God.
     We know where Jesus stands. He spent 33 years, Calvary, and nearly 2,000 years of Eucharistic presence explaining His stand to us. He asks us to follow Him. How can we follow if something between us and Him obscures our view of the Way? And if something obscures our view we might like to ask ourselves why it is that we don’t change our position. Because where your treasure is, that’s where your heart will be.

Who is the disciple Jesus gave His mother to? … Friday, April 12


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A Rosary Meditation … The Fifth Sorrowful Mystery, the Crucifixion. “And from that hour the disciple took her into his home.” John 19:27. Up until the crucifixion Mary had been the responsibility of Jesus. Now, at the end of His earthly life, its time to make continuing provision for His mother. She will stay behind, at least for now. And Jesus gives her to who? “The disciple.” We know this disciple to be the disciple Jesus loved, nameless here. Why nameless? Because we know also that its John. Why not say John? Maybe to leave a blank that you and I HAVE to fill in. We know, no, let’s make it personal … You know, I know, that Jesus loves us. He proved it and He proves it over and over. The only name that anyone can use to fill in this blank is their own. So now, who does Jesus give His mother to? Who is it that takes her into their own home, as their own mother, to keep and care for? If He trusts us so much that He would give us His mother to be ours, if she willingly comes with us to our door, and if we follow Him, what must our attitude be towards this trust and this gift? In one of His parables Jesus spoke of a ruler who went into a far country to take care of business. Before he left he gave each of his servants an amount of money to care for while he was gone. Matthew 25:14-30, Luke 19:12-28. How much more precious than gold is His, and our, mother? What do we do with such a wonderful gift? Treasure and tend it, or bury it? Remember that we bury corpses. Remember also where He was when He gave us this gift. It obviously means a great deal to Him. We show Him by our living how much it means to us.

Today …

St. Zeno of Verona

St. Zeno of Verona

St. Zeno of Verona. Bishop of Verona, Italy, theological writer. A native of Africa, he was named bishop in 362 and proved an ardent opponent of Arianism. He also promoted discipline among the clergy and in liturgical life, built a cathedral, and founded a convent. Zeno wrote extensively on the virgin birth of Christ and other theological matters. He was the subject of numerous legends. Hard worker, lots going on, lots to do. Zeno probably didn’t have much free time. Many of us don’t. I wonder if he made time for his mother? Being a saint I suppose he did. Do we?

And just how many mothers do we have? …

Hundreds of dewdrops to greet the dawn,
Hundreds of bees in the purple clover,
Hundreds of butterflies on the lawn,
But only one mother the wide world over.
~ George Cooper ~

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