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<< Wednesday, November 4, 2015 >> St. Charles Borromeo
Romans 13:8-10
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Psalm 112:1-2, 4-5, 9 Luke 14:25-33
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"If any man comes to Me without hating his father, mother, wife, children, brothers, sisters, yes and his own life too, he cannot be My disciple." —Luke 14:26, JB

It takes everything we've got to live the Christian life. If we don't make our relationship with Jesus our "all in all" (see Lk 14:26), if we don't take up His cross daily (Lk 14:27; 9:23), if we don't renounce all our possessions (Lk 14:33), we will not have what it takes to build the tower (Lk 14:28), fight the war (Lk 14:31), or run the race of the Christian life (2 Tm 4:7). If we successfully complete the Christian life, we will have crossed the finish line with nothing to spare. It takes every ounce of strength, every second of time, and our last penny — all that we have. "Our God is a consuming Fire" (Heb 12:29). If we give anything less than everything, we will fall short of what is necessary to obtain the kingdom of God (Mt 13:44-46).

Therefore, amazed that the Lord would accept our little "everythings," let us pour out our lives "like a libation" (see 2 Tm 4:6). Let us love Jesus as He loves us — with all our hearts, with all our souls, with all our strength, and with all our minds (Lk 10:27). With great joy and thanksgiving, let us give the Lord our "all"; constantly, daily, till our dying day. Let us drain our lives to the last drop in imitation of Jesus, Who poured out His blood and life for love of us.

Prayer: Father, use me and use me up.
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. Charles poured himself out like a libation by ministering to thousands during times of famine.
(For a related teaching, order our tape on Developing a Deep Personal Relationship with Jesus on audio AV 52-1 or video V-52. Check for the digital availability of these audio and video teachings on CD 52-1 or DVD 52.)
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†Most Reverend Joseph R. Binzer, Auxiliary Bishop, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, April 20, 2015.
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