St. Christopher the Martyr Catholic Church
309  Manson Avenue, Metairie, Louisiana 70001
Phone:  504-837-8214
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“And whoever gives only a cup of cold water to one of these
little ones to drink because the little one is a disciple
,
amen, I say to you, he will surely not lose his reward.”
Matthew 10:
37-42
Focus on the Gospel
July 2, Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
     In contrast to the harsh-sounding statements about those who do not leave father and mother,
sister and brother, to be his follower and friend, Jesus offers a simple act to be his disciple - give a
child a cup of cold water.  Jesus does not want for us to have attachment to anything or anyone
that prevents us from choosing the will of God, from loving others as Jesus loves us, from doing
simple acts of kindness, and from accepting the consequences of imitating. Him.  Jesus frequently
taught that being his follower is not complicated, but it is not be easy.  The challenge is to not prefer
anything above loving like Jesus and teaching others by word and example to do likewise.  Certainly
we are to love our father and mother, brother and sister, spouse and children, and neighbor, as we
love ourselves.  Love frees us to do what is right and good for ourselves.  Attachments make us
slaves to the demands of the person or thing that we cannot do without.  Paraphrasing G. K.
Chesterton, “The things we cannot do without we do not possess, they possess us.”
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John 14:21
“Whoever has My commandments and
observes them is the one who loves Me.

And whoever loves Me will be
loved by My Father, and I will love him
and reveal Myself to him.”
John 14:21
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