(Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time)
Sunday, September 4, 2016.
If you are loyal to God, you will be loyal to everybody else and everything else in your life, because loyalty to God is loyalty to fullness of life. Being loyal to God means you allow him to enter into a relationship with you, a relations which is the model for all your relationships in life.
Loyalty to other persons and to self
Your loyalty to God must be superior to your loyalties to other persons, even to yourself. “If anyone comes to me without hating his father or mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters or even his own life, he cannot be my disciple” (Luke 14:26). This statement does not mean that you are to disown your loved ones. On the contrary, it means that if you remain loyal to God, he will enhance your loyalties to your loved ones and to everybody else, including yourself.
You must keep in mind that there are very powerful commitments in your human relations that can lead you away from God. Regardless of how powerful a human relation may be (i.e. between a parent and child, a husband and wife, a citizen and his country, or a constituent and his political party), it cannot be opposed to, or diminish in any way your loyalty to God, because he perfects all loyalties.
Loyalty to material possessions
Your loyalty to God must be superior to your loyalty to your possessions. “Every one of you who does not renounce all his possessions cannot be my disciple” (Luke 14:33). This does not mean that you are to deprive yourself of the necessities required to sustain life. What it means is that you cannot subordinate yourself to material possessions. A person cannot place possessions above himself, above others, or above God.
Furthermore, it is only by being loyal to God that you will be capable of giving possessions their proper use. Your loyalty to God will allow you to use possessions for the collective benefit of all humanity.
(By Jesús A. Diez Canseco)