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Wednesday, November 3, 2021

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St. Martin de Porres

Romans 13:8-10
Psalm 112:1-2, 4-5, 9
Luke 14:25-33

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a calculated risk?

“If one of you decides to build a tower, will he not first sit down and calculate the outlay to see if he has enough money to complete the project?” —Luke 14:28

Jesus commands us to “first sit down and calculate the outlay.” To be a Christian is easy and light insofar as the Lord will give us the grace to do His will (see Mt 11:30). Nevertheless, the Christian life is a yoke and a burden (Mt 11:30). We must give everything in order to live it (see Mt 13:44, 46).

Are you willing to give everything to Jesus? Will you turn your back on everyone, including your ego, to be Jesus’ disciple? (Lk 14:26) Will you die to self, suffer, and take up the cross each day to be a disciple of the crucified and risen Lord? (see Lk 14:27) Will you renounce all your possessions and use them only as Master Jesus directs you as His disciple? (Lk 14:33)

Many Christians have never sat down and calculated the demands of the Christian life. Therefore, they have never decided to meet those demands. Their lives are half-built towers and failed wars (see Lk 14:29-31). The Lord does not want us to dabble in the Christian life. He wants us hot or even cold, but not lukewarm (Rv 3:16). Therefore, “first sit down and calculate the outlay.” Because of Jesus’ crucified, perfect love for you, choose to be a Christian on Jesus’ terms. Love Jesus “with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind” (Lk 10:27).

Prayer:  Father, may zeal for Your house consume me (Jn 2:17; Ps 69:10).

Promise:  “Owe no debt to anyone except the debt that binds us to love one another. He who loves his neighbor has fulfilled the law” —Rm 13:8

Praise:  St. Martin de Porres’ life was a result of the Spanish colonization of South America. His father was Spanish and his mother was a native of Panama. He is the patron of race relations. He was gifted with wisdom, miracles and especially love.


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