Wednesday of the Thirty-First Week in Ordinary Time
Memorial Feast: Saint Martin de Porres—(1579-+1639) Patron Saint of Mixed-Race People, Barbers, Innkeepers, Public Health Workers, and all those seeking racial harmony
Romans 13:8-10, Psalm 112:1b-2, 5-8, 9, & Luke 14:25-33
Friends, today, our Lord is not telling us not to dream grand dreams or not to undertake significant tasks. Still, He does ask us not to act in a heedless manner, no matter how compassionate our goal or what we charitably offer of ourselves to achieve it. We must not do astounding things and immediate things without considering the consequences and ramifications.
What Jesus is explicitly to convey to us is that following Him can make heavy demands, and we should consider whether we are up to the call or not. We must face the fact that total commitment is not part of our culture in today's society. We change jobs frequently and relocate. Some consider the union in marriage temporary; others think sexual contact is so casual and uncommitted that they may not even know each other's names. Change plays a regular part in many of our lives on many levels—if not most of them. The Lord asks us to commit ourselves to Him fully, and many of us try to do so, but none of us can reach the absolute commitment of our Blessed Mother, Mary.
God is waiting for our decision, which is necessary. If we are fearful, we need only remember what Christ also says, "Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart; and you will find rest for yourselves. For my yoke is easy, and my burden light." (Mt. 11-29)
Question of the Day: What are the demands Jesus is asking you, and what is your response?
Prayer: Lord Jesus, I know my commitment to You is not yet complete, but with Your help, I hope and pray that I am on the right path. Amen.