In this chapter of St. Luke’s Gospel, Jesus speaks in parables, emphasizing the right way to become a follower and enter into the Kingdom of God. There was the question on the curing on the Sabbath, occupying places in the dinner table, which gave lessons on humility; and on answering the invitation to the Great Feast, to liken the invitation to dine in the Kingdom of God.
Following the Lord is a difficult and challenging path to follow such that many reject the invitation.
In this Sunday’s Gospel (Lk. 14: 25-33),
the Lord explains that when you’ve chosen to follow Him, nothing can get in the
way. While Jesus mentioned about “hating” one’s loved ones, He actually refers
to “loving them more” than God. It shouldn’t be, it is God above everything.
One can’t be a disciple if he doesn’t carry his own cross and follow the Lord.
When you’re making a decision to follow Him, you have to figure out what does
it take to complete the journey. Finally, He says,
“In the same way, anyone of you who does not renounce all his possessions cannot be my disciple.”
Making the decision to follow God involves a conscious choice and labor. It can’t be just a whim or a fad or a spur of the moment resolution. It involves a thorough and deliberate planning because it is something that involves a lifelong and conscious effort to overcome the difficulties along the way. It requires one to see beyond the worldly and into the prize at the end of the sorrows and challenges.
I think it is undoable to overcome these obstacles without the strength, fortitude and courage, among others. It is impossible especially without the Gift of Wisdom. According to the Novena to the Holy Spirit,
‘Embodying all the other gifts, as charity embraces all the other virtues, Wisdom is the most perfect of the gifts. Of wisdom it is written “all good things came to me with her, and innumerable riches through her hands.” It is the gift of Wisdom that strengthens our faith, fortifies hope, perfects charity, and promotes the practice of virtue in the highest degree. Wisdom enlightens the mind to discern and relish things divine, in the appreciation of which earthly joys lose their savor, whilst the Cross of Christ yields a divine sweetness according to the words of the Savior: Take up thy cross and follow me, for my yoke is sweet and my burden light.’
It is refreshing to know that it is indeed Wisdom that strengthens our faith, fortifies hope, perfects charity, and promotes the practice of virtue in the highest degree. Unless we are prepared to put God above all else, following the Lord is really very difficult, or even impossible to do.
This Sunday, let us pray that we may strive to submit to His will in all we do. May He grant us the discernment to prioritize Him above all else. Let us pray for the Holy Spirit to grant us this most perfect of all gifts: The Gift of Wisdom.
“In every age, O Lord, you have been our refuge.” (Ps. 90: 1)