23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
Originally delivered on September 6, 1992
Readings: Wisdom 9:13-18; Paul to Philemon 9-10, 12-17; Luke 14:25-33
We are reminded of the importance of reviewing the readings each week in preparation for the anticipated Mass. In the first reading, our plight is defined: how will we ever live our lives so that we are doing God’s will? In the second reading, we hear about Paul and his prudence and in the gospel, we hear of Jesus’s desire for us to be both passionate and practical. Fr. Healy talks about the challenge that we each face in pursuing something passionately, but still with the need to be practical and prudent in doing so. What is God’s will versus our will? That is exactly our struggle.