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Gospel Reflection

When much is given, more will be demanded.
When a great deal is given on trust,
a great deal more is expected.
Stay awake!

‘Why are you sleeping?’ Jesus said.
‘Rise and pray, that you may be spared the test.’

Gospel Reading - Counting the cost

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25Great crowds were following him. He turned around and addressed them as follows: 26“Anyone who wants to be my follower must love me far more than he doesa his own father, mother, wife, children, brothers, or sisters — yes, more than his own life — otherwise he cannot be my disciple. 27And no one can be my disciple who does not carry his own cross and follow me.

28“But don’t begin until you count the cost.b For who would begin construction of a building without first getting estimates and then checking to see if he has enough money to pay the bills? 29Otherwise he might complete only the foundation before running out of funds. And then how everyone would laugh!

30“‘See that fellow there?’ they would mock. ‘He started that building and ran out of money before it was finished!’

31“Or what king would ever dream of going to war without first sitting down with his counselors and discussing whether his army of 10,000 is strong enough to defeat the 20,000 men who are marching against him?

32“If the decision is negative, then while the enemy troops are still far away, he will send a truce team to discuss terms of peace. 33So no one can become my disciple unless he first sits down and counts his blessings —and then renounces them all for me.

. . . . .Luke 14:25-33
  1. Literally, “must hate.”
  2. Implied in v. 33.

The Lord's Prayer

Our Father in heaven,
     hallowed be your name,
     your kingdom come,
     your will be done,
          on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
     as we forgive those who sin against us.
Save us from the time of trial
     and deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours
     now and for ever.
Amen.