It almost seems perplexing that the Lord Jesus would challenge his disciples to break the commandment to “honor father and mother” as commands them to “turn their backs” on parents, spouse, children and siblings (Luke 14:25-33). God’s wisdom, revealed in Christ, and in the conduct of our lives, must be lived in total dedication to Him. Family relationships and personal possession must be subordinate to our relationship with God. Perhaps it is not as much “turning backs” but rather keeping relationships in proper place and order! Such is the struggle for the appropriate priority of Christian life. Our Collect Prayer this day, upholding our dignity as “beloved, adopted children,” chosen in Christ, confirms that true freedom exists when all relationships and all things are in their proper place and order:
O God, by whom we are redeemed and receive adoption, look graciously upon your beloved sons and daughters, that those who believe in Christ may receive true freedom and an everlasting inheritance.
We thank Father Ponce for being with us for the past month and wish him well on his return to Uganda. I thank you for your generosity to him and to the Mission and to the village of Kambaala which we continue to build with him. It is always humbling to remember that the name of “Blessed Sacrament Church” is etched upon the cornerstones of many buildings and someone on the other side of the world is thanking God for the way in which we are able to touch others with love even though there is great distance between us!
May the week ahead be filled with every grace and blessing!