We could have titled this week’s homily many ways. There are several important spiritual themes, so pay attention! Curious about the answer to Fr. Michael’s favorite name for Jesus? Watch and listen 🙂 PS Ornaments of Grace 2019 booklets will ship after the middle of November for arrival by the start of Advent. PPS If you are thinking about an end of year donation, Heart to Heart, Inc is a 501(c)(3) non-profit. In case you need it, here’s our donation link.
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,
everyone of you who does not renounce all his possessions
cannot be my disciple.”