Anyone of you who does not renounce all possessions cannot be my disciple.— Lk 14:25-33
BULL SWAMP SC (CR News) — Flash! Flash! “Urban shepherding” is the new trend this year, at least along the banks of the Edisto River. Retired people are turning once-manicured, city yards into mini-pastures where they are learning to graze sheep and other livestock. “It’s just a fad,” one city planner who asked to keep his name anonymous, told our news team. “Don’t worry about it. It will pass.”
Our Story …
Old Earl treasures his values as a Knight. He loves being a family man who serves his community faithfully without asking anything in return. Faith! Family! Fraternity! Service! They are all part of Earl’s life these days. But still …
As we grow old, we think, “Have I been doing the right things? Am I doing all that I should be doing? Is the more that I might be able to contribute?” Earl’s thinking has led him to action. He’s comes up with a new idea.
“I’m turning the yard into pastureland,” he told his wife Deni. “I’m not becoming a hermit, but I do plan to go live among the sheep and to feed them!” (Jn 21:17)
Fortunately, God had seen fit to give old Earl a wonderful wife. She knew how to handle her old buddy, especially in those moments of exuberance, when common sense seems to allude him.
“You are a shepherd, Earl,” she told him. “You’ve always been a shepherd.”
“Just look at all our children,” she continued. “And the grandchildren! And of course, there’s me, your wife and your companion for life. You have shepherded all of us. You still shepherd us!”
Earl paused. He thought about his new, life plan. As he was thinking, Deni said some magic words.
“Dinner’s ready, Earl,” she told him. “Come in the house. I’ll be waiting for you.”
“I’ll be in, in just a minute,” Earl told his wife.
The old man smiled. “I’m looking forward to gathering around the table with my family,” he said. Everything else can just wait.
It Is Written …
The mass for Sunday, September 4, focuses on the cost of discipleship. Our redemption was not cheap. It cost Jesus His life.
Discipleship is not cheap either. It will cost you everything.
The Old Testament reading this week asks us who can conceive of what the Lord intends? Who knows God’s plans? (Wis 9-13-18). We try hopelessly to make sense of something we cannot ever understand.
The reading from the New Testament this week is about a believer who was once a slave. The message to the slave owner was to receive the former slave as a beloved brother (Philemon 9-10, 12-17).
This message is a primer for those of us wanting to be Christ’s disciples. He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life (Jn 14:6). Though we remain for awhile in this world, we must free ourselves from its attractions. We are to focus on Jesus and the Kingdom He is establishing (Mt 6:33).
This is not easy, of course. Big homes! Nice clothes! Fancy cars! A big bank account! They are lures for our flesh. Truthfully, most of us really do want those things. But Jesus offers something more. He offers something better! He offers us life forever in Paradise!
The invitation to become a disciples is accompanied by a caution. Becoming a child of God is free, but being Christ’s disciple is not easy. The world we know is passing away, and we must abandon all the things of this world. We are like pilgrims passing through it. We must carry a light bag, containing only love for God and love for our fellow man.
Be sure to read these Bible passages before coming to mass.
Life Goes On
That’s our story, and we’re sticking to it.
Get the rest of the story by attending mass this Sunday. Of course, be sure receive the great gift of the Holy Eucharist too. It is the real presence of Jesus Christ — His body and blood, soul and divinity.
Jesus said it (Jn 6:53). We believe Him. What about you? Decide for yourself, this week, if you will believe Him too.
It’s cool to be part of God’s family—a child of God! COOL2B!