(From the Bulletin of Sts. Joachim and Ann Catholic Church, September 4, 2016)


Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time

      The first reading from the Book of Wisdom reminds us how unsure we are in our plans and our judgments. It is only with the help of God's spirit that the paths of those on Earth are made straight. How fitting that today's responsorial psalm cries out, "Teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain wisdom of heart."

      By the time we hear the words of today's gospel, we feel even more powerless as Jesus asks of His disciples if they really know the cost of following Him, the cost of discipleship. Most of us know very well that the Christian journey is a daily struggle. There are so many days when we take one step forward and two steps backward as we do in a well-known dance the ‚”Electric Slide”. How difficult it seems to love God more than our father or mother or wife or children or even our very own lives!

      Jesus asks us to evaluate ourselves. How good are we at planning? He mentions that no person of common sense would ever build a tower without first sitting down and checking to see if he can afford it, and if he has materials enough to finish it before he begins! In terms of the spiritual life, do we have enough love, enough courage and enough grace to keep us faithful to the end? I know I don't at this moment.

      But, God only asks that we take life "one day at a time‚". On the road to being a perfect disciple, I'll just have to take my journey one day at a time. If I try to love Him a little bit more each day, then I'll make it to the end.

Fr. Louis Kemayou, Pastor