The Act of Letting Go

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I love Romans 13:8, the opening line in today’s first reading: “Owe nothing to anyone, except to love one another; for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law.” Are you paying your debt to all today? In the Gospel reading from Luke 14, we hear Jesus tell us that we must “hate” our father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters… What an awful thought! But don’t despair. This word “hate” does not carry the same meaning as we may ascribe to it, namely to have an absence of love for. No, the ancient meaning of this word meant “to love less.” Jesus means that we must love Him above everyone and everything else.

Speaking of things, Jesus also addresses our relationship with things today. “Everyone of you who does not renounce all his possessions cannot be my disciple.” So what does this really mean. Are we all supposed to get rid of all of our stuff and live naked in a cave? After all, if we renounce EVERYTHING, that would seem like the logical conclusion. But that’s not necessarily the case. We must be WILLING to renounce everything.

I’m really not sure that there is a difference between the two. You see, renouncing is a function of the will. If we renounce something and then it is taken away, it will be no big deal. But if we SAY we renounce everything but remain attached, then it is of no avail. Today, I want to challenge you. Think of something, a physical object, that you are attached to. Then give it away. Hold it one last time, savor the memories, then thank God for allowing you to have it in the first place. Then let it go. Let me know what that does for you.

Father, we thank you for giving us everything. Help us today to renounce all of our stuff, to detach, to let it go. Give us the grace to cling only to You. Amen.

Today’s Readings

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  • C. R.: November 09, 2023

    Listened to part of your podcast today while running errands . Sad for the lack of common sence and the ability to think for yourself out there. With every choice there is a consequence . The choice should always be chastity . Unfortunately people choose to have all the STD’s and destruction of a human being that is ignored for their choice, life.
    I pray these folks step back and let go of their anger and hate of themselves and others . I pray they can forgive themselves and others and start to receive the love Christ has for them and to respect themselves living chastley from this point on so they can be happy in this life and the next.

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