September 4, 2016 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time Deacon Steve Whiteman

3-4 September 2016 Our Daily Treasure Hunt

Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time September 4, 2016

Reading 1 Wis 9:13-18b

Responsorial Psalm Ps 90:3-4, 5-6, 12-13, 14-17

  1. In every age, O Lord, you have been our refuge.

Reading 2 Phmn 9-10, 12-17

Alleluia Ps 119:135

Gospel Lk 14:25-33

Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time

During Mass today/tomorrow in Rome, Pope Francis will canonize a Saint that many of us know as Mother Teresa. St. Teresa of Calcutta was born in Albania in

  1. She entered a convent at the age of 18 and spent the next 20 years teaching in India. She became known for her charity, zeal, devotion and joy.

In 1946, she felt a “call within a call”. She felt she was being called to “leave everything behind and serve God in the poorest of the poor”. In 1948 she

received permission to begin her charity work in the slums of Calcutta, India. She started the Missionaries of Charity and it became a Vatican sponsored Religious Congregation in 1950. In her own words, its mission was to care for "the hungry,

the naked, the homeless, the crippled, the blind, the lepers, all those people who feel unwanted, unloved, uncared for throughout society, people that have

become a burden to the society and are shunned by everyone."

At the time of her death in 1997, the Congregation numbered 3800 sisters working in 594 houses in 120 nations. St. Teresa of Calcutta certainly lived her life according to our Gospel today. She carried the cross that God gave her in this life and knew the cost of being a true disciple of Jesus. Her legacy lives on in the Missionaries of Charity and all the lives they have touched.

Today’s Gospel has some challenging words about being a disciple. So how do we calculate the cost of being a disciple? How do we know if we have what it takes to be a disciple of Jesus?

When we calculate the cost of being a disciple, we first have to take an inventory of what we have to spend. Since we can’t rent a disciple to take our place, money does not have much value in our inventory. We need to put our own skin in the game. Our personal inventory may include things like:

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