September 4, 2016
WIS 9:13-18B PS 90:3-4, 5-6, 12-13, 14-17 PHMN 9-10, 12-17 LK 14:25-33
In today’s Gospel, Jesus exhorts his followers that if they wish to be His disciples, they had better calculate the costs. Following Him requires that we “hate” relatives and friends, that we renounce all our possessions. Following Him requires we make the conscientious, measured, intentional decision to do so.
Saint Teresa of Calcutta, whose was canonized today, did all those things. When she heard God’s invitation to tend to the poorest of the poor, what she described as “the call within the call”, she didn’t immediately do so. She conferred with her superiors, and it wasn’t until a year-and-a-half later that she received approval to leave the Sisters of Loreto and found the Missionaries of Charity in Calcutta.
She lived Christ’s words – she calculated the cost, “hated” her former order, and renounced all in order to serve Him.
May we follow her example in our daily lives, and commit everything to God, whose counsel and ways are inconceivable to us, but with faith and trust, we can safely rely that He will complete in us what is started.