Deacon George’s Homily for 23rd Sunday
“If any man comes to me without hating his father, mother, wife, children, brothers and sisters, yes and his own life too, he cannot be my disciple.” At my first reading of these words, it appeared to me, that in order to be a disciple, I have to hate my relatives, and hate myself. To hate is a strong word from Luke, whereas Matthew (10:13) uses the word “prefers”, meaning: do I prefer my family and myself rather than prefer Jesus. But reading deeper into Luke it means: that if any of my relatives or my own evil inclinations, come between me and Christ, preventing me from following Christ, then I must oppose them, and do what is right. For a true disciple, Jesus must come first…..