Wednesday, September 04, 2013

Luke 14:25-33

Pentecost +16 - Year C 

Identifying the constraints on our willingness to continue growing is an important part of our development, whether that be physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, or any other ____al.

Amazingly—or not—the obverse of a constraint is a point of growth. We might also say that whoever is willing to love fathers and mothers of any child, the children of any mother or father, and even their loss to one form of death or another, is already a proficient disciple of Jesus.

Likewise we can also look for signs of new life in people that may yet lead them to a cross rather than only keeping a weather-eye peeled for cross-tropic martyrs.

It is as we add these additional ways of measuring life that we can finally see the cost/benefit results of relating our individual lives with those of a larger community. Eventually we understand that a relationship to a community means our very possessions are transformed from mine to ours and in this transformation find an excess value to invest in bringing tomorrow to today—heaven to earth, if you will.

Blessings to you as you account for both sides of your life’s ledger—Yeses and Noes, Debits and Credits, Limits and Possibilities, Neighb*r and S-lf.

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