Good News A31
Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
"Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me, and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.”
Jesus says that you should love God more than any other person in the world. You should love God more than your parents, your sisters, or your brothers. You should love God more than you love your friends. You must love God more than objects, too. You must love him more than video games. You must love him more than car races. You must love God more than anyone or anything.
You must keep your friendship with God your first priority. You must love him with your whole heart, your whole body, your whole mind, and your whole soul. When you do this, Jesus will give you new life to do his work on earth, and reward you with eternal life with him in heaven. God will give you all the graces you need to follow in Jesus’ footsteps. Sometimes there may be a heavy load to carry, but when you pray and talk with God and ask his help, he lightens your load. He carries part of the cross for you.
If you are to follow Christ, you must focus on him and do what he asks you to do. He wants you to share the good news with others about his dying on the cross for the forgiveness of sins. Jesus says if you receive him, you also receive God, the Father. If you are kind to one of God’s ministers or priests, then you will receive the reward God gives to ministers or priests. If you are kind and respectful to a good man or woman, then you will receive the same reward as them. If you give even a small cup of water to those following in the pathway of Jesus Christ, you will be rewarded. Love, talk and pray to God all the days of your life. If you listen and follow his directions, you will have life everlasting with him in heaven. What a wonderful reward!
Say the “Our Father” and tell him how much you love him and how much you yearn to be with him in heaven. Tell him no matter how many contests on earth you might win, none can compare with the joy you will have when you walk through those pearly gates and see his loving face.
“Our Father, who art in Heaven,
Hallowed be Thy name.
Thy kingdom come.
Thy will be done,
On earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day, our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
As we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.”
Copyright ©2002, 2004 Joan Y. Edwards