FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD
Wednesday November 7, 2018
Thirty First Week of Ordinary Time
WORD of the DAY
Which of you wishing to construct a tower does not first sit down and calculate the cost to see if there is enough for its completion? Otherwise, after laying the foundation and finding himself unable to finish the work the onlookers should laugh at him and say, ‘This one began to build but did not have the resources to finish.’ Or what king marching into battle would not first sit down and decide whether with ten thousand troops he can successfully oppose another king advancing upon him with twenty thousand troops? But if not, while he is still far away, he will send a delegation to ask for peace terms. In the same way, every one of you who does not renounce all his possessions cannot be my disciple. (Lk 14: 28-33)
How shall I live this Word?
The two parables recounted by Jesus show us wise and prudent criteria of choice and urge us to calculate if we have the necessary resources to live responsibly our daily duties. Not only that, but they are an invitation to compare ourselves with our criteria of judgment and to review the way we evaluate. The conclusion of the parable reminds us that the true calculation to be made does not concern the means at our disposal to operate, but the willingness to deprive ourselves, so as not to put trust in ourselves, but in the One who inspires in us the will and the operation .
Teach us Lord to place our trust in you, to believe that you are going before our steps, to leave you the primacy, always. Please, Lord, free us from ourselves!
The Voice of Psalm 26
The Lord is my light and my salvation,
Of whom should I be afraid?
The Lord is the defense of my life,
O whom should I be afraid?
Institute of Daughters of Mary Help of Christians, Via dell’Ateneo Salesiano 81, 00139 Rome, Italy
Comment by Sr. Monica Gianoli, FMA