Elyse Enciso, Little Whispers

Life’s Cross

First Reading
ROM 13:8-10

Brothers and sisters:
Owe nothing to anyone, except to love one another;
for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law.
The commandments, You shall not commit adultery;
you shall not kill;
you shall not steal;
you shall not covet,
and whatever other commandment there may be,
are summed up in this saying, namely,
You shall love your neighbor as yourself.
Love does no evil to the neighbor;
hence, love is the fulfillment of the law.

Responsorial Psalm
PS 112:1B-2, 4-5, 9
R. ( 5a) Blessed the man who is gracious and lends to those in need.
R. Alleluia.

Blessed the man who fears the LORD,
who greatly delights in his commands.
His posterity shall be mighty upon the earth;
the upright generation shall be blessed.
R. Blessed the man who is gracious and lends to those in need.
R. Alleluia.

He dawns through the darkness, a light for the upright;
he is gracious and merciful and just.
Well for the man who is gracious and lends,
who conducts his affairs with justice.
R. Blessed the man who is gracious and lends to those in need.
R. Alleluia.

Lavishly he gives to the poor;
his generosity shall endure forever;
his horn shall be exalted in glory.
R. Blessed the man who is gracious and lends to those in need.
R. Alleluia.

LK 14:25-33

Great crowds were traveling with Jesus,
and he turned and addressed them,
“If anyone comes to me without hating his father and mother,
wife and children, brothers and sisters,
and even his own life,
he cannot be my disciple.
Whoever does not carry his own cross and come after me
cannot be my disciple.
Which of you wishing to construct a tower
does not first sit down and calculate the cost
to see if there is enough for its completion?
Otherwise, after laying the foundation
and finding himself unable to finish the work
the onlookers should laugh at him and say,
‘This one began to build but did not have the resources to finish.’
Or what king marching into battle would not first sit down
and decide whether with ten thousand troops
he can successfully oppose another king
advancing upon him with twenty thousand troops?
But if not, while he is still far away,
he will send a delegation to ask for peace terms.
In the same way,
everyone of you who does not renounce all his possessions
cannot be my disciple.”

November 4 photo

“Whoever does not carry his own cross and come after me cannot be my disciple.” (Luke 14:27)

My barkada has been best friends for almost 4 years now. A few weeks ago, we had to face what was, for us, the hardest thing to accept. One of us was migrating to Canada. Iya’s family had been filing their papers for quite some time already and finally, they got accepted. There is no doubt when I say that distance may tend to make people drift apart and we were so scared that that would happen to us. Buckets of tears were shed and a ton of questions were asked during our small despedida for her. We just couldn’t completely understand why she had to leave and why we were all being left behind. Despite all these, Iya reassured us that everything would be okay, that we wouldn’t let anything get in the way of our friendship, and that it’s never goodbye.

As far as I know, Iya’s family was more than okay here in the Philippines. However, they sacrificed their life here for a better future in Canada. It was hard for us, but I am sure that it was a whole lot harder for her and her family. They sacrificed what was familiar, what their comfort zone was, for something entirely new and different.

Most of us look at our “crosses” as something heavy and as a hassle. Contrary to common belief though, the cross that we carry for the rest of our lives, for me, are the sacrifices we make for what is good and what is better. Yes, it cannot be denied that these sacrifices bring huge amounts of pain, doubt and worries. But we need to look past them and see the goodness that comes from them.

Jesus carried His heavy cross, and even if He is 100% Divine, He is still 100% human. It was difficult for Him but He did it anyway. Jesus knew that by carrying and by being nailed to that cross meant saving us from all our sins and bringing glory to the Father. That is what the gospel is telling us today. We need to carry our own cross, no matter how heavy and difficult it is. As long as we draw our strength from the Father, we can endure and get past anything and everything will be worth it. It is through this that we truly become His disciples and become more like Him.

Almighty Father, bestow on us the strength and courage to continue carrying our crosses each day in order to bring more praise and glory to You. Amen.


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