Sep 8 (Lk 14:25-33 and Feast of the Nativity of our Blessed Mother)

One of the fast grown trends in many restaurants is the Buffet System.

A buffet is a system of serving meals in which food is placed in a common area where the diners generally serve themselves.

>> Buffet restaurants typically offer all-you-can-eat food for a set price.

Buffets make it possible to choose the item one likes, in the quantity one likes and to serve in the style or combination that one likes.

In our modern society, such a Buffet System, is however, extended beyond the taste buds..

>> The trend, today, is also to have a Buffet Style for our Souls…

Spirituality and religion is also, today, under the great influence of being enclosed in a buffet system!

Very often, religious aspects, spirituality, the Church and our Christian Faith are treated like a big buffet.

>> We take as much of what we like and want, but leave behind what we do not like.

>> We skip what’s too hard to swallow, what we disagree with, or what does not fit our personal opinions and beliefs.

The Gospel of the Day, however, warns against opting such a “Pick-n-Choose” Buffet System in our Spiritual Life.

The Passage begins with the verse, “Great crowds were travelling with Jesus and He turned and addressed them…” (Lk 15:25)

Crowds gather where there is something new and exciting happening…

The crowds looked at Jesus as a great wonder-worker.

>> Jesus was the new buffet for them…

>> Jesus had a great variety in His menu…

He offered healing for those in sicknesses and in distress…

>> He offered exorcisms for those in bondage and captivity…

>> He offered teaching to those lost in life and inspired a renewed zest for life…

He had bread for the hungry, wine for the saddened, freedom for the oppressed…

…new vision for the wayward, hope for the crushed ones and new energy for the lifeless!

Some followed Jesus for His mighty healing works…

>> Some for His power as a prophet and preacher…

>> Some for His bread-multiplying abilities and nature-arresting potentials…

>> Some for His power to arouse curiosity and generate excitement…

He had with Him, what they wanted.

>> And they gathered around, surrounded, and pressed on him.

But the Lord was clear in His intents…

>> He chose neither popularity nor quick fame nor cashed in on reputation and recognition…

He would not let the crowds to adopt a ‘Buffet Spirituality’ in following Him.

He would make sure that the crowds realized that such a spirituality would not win His approval.

And so, He clearly proclaims, “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” (Lk 14: 26-27)

Jesus wants a clear priority from the part of His followers.

>> He demands a radical choice for Him.

This choice would mean a love and a priority for Jesus, which goes beyond one’s blood kindred, one’s emotional relations,  one’s attachments to various entities and even one’s own very self!

We need to have a hard look into ourselves…

We sacrifice many years to study and gain education…

>> We sacrifice many sleeps and many weekends to have a successful career…

>> We sacrifice desserts and tempting food to have a healthy and wholesome lifestyle…

>> We sacrifice much time, money and energy to gain many skills and improve talents…

These are all are great and important aspects of our life.

But what costs are willing to pay, to follow Jesus wholly?

>> What sacrifices are we willing to make, as the disciples of Jesus?

Very often, we are content with a Buffet Style of Spirituality…

We serve ourselves…

… a little bit of the Gospel values and teachings…

… a handful of prayers and devout practices…

… a tiny measure of occasional petitions and time with God in our needs…

… a few morsels of forwarding some Bible verses and messages…

>> And we feel that our Life as a Christian is “pretty tasty” with this Buffet Serving.

The Lord, is perhaps telling us…”It is not enough!“

>> Unless you take a few more steps in self-renunciation…

… you can’t be My disciple.

>> Unless you seek to give the first priority to Me in all aspects…

…. you can’t be my disciple.

>> Unless you involve yourself more deeply into spiritual matters…

… you can’t be My disciple.

The Buffet Meal is more cheap…

… but a Buffet Spirituality will certainly deprive us in becoming His authentic disciples.

Let us cease the “pick-n-choose” method in our spirituality.

>> Let’s instead…

… prioritize Jesus in all the dimensions of our life.

Today we celebrate the Birthday of the Most Beloved, the Most Loving and the Most Lovable Mother of all – Blessed Mother Mary!

May the celebration of the Nativity of our Blessed Mother, help us to deepen our love towards Her..

… and may we, holding Her Hands, walk in the path of God, more faithfully and strongly committed!

As Fulton J Sheen says:

“The less we think of Him, the less we think of Her.

>> The more we adore His divinity, the more we venerate Her motherhood.

>> The less we acknowledge His divinity, the less we have respect for Her.”

A wonderful Birthday to our Blessed Mother!

>> We Love you, Dearest Mamma!

Happy Feast day to all Her children!

>> May we deepen our love for Her Beloved Son and our Saviour, Jesus!

God Bless! Live Jesus!

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Quotable-quote-a-day-with-St Francis de Sales (SFS) – “Let us run to Mary, and, as Her little children…

… cast ourselves into Her arms with a perfect confidence!”

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