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<< Wednesday, November 7, 2007 >>
 
Romans 13:8-10
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Psalm 112 Luke 14:25-33
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FACING REALITY

 
"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
 

When we lead people to Jesus, we often don't calculate the outlay necessary to disciple them. Eventually they may fall away from the Lord if poorly discipled. When we prepare for marriage, we don't calculate what it takes to make a marriage work in an anti-Christian, anti-marriage society. Then many marriages break up. When we educate our young people, we fail to calculate the outlay of discipling them. Then after years of Catholic education, they don't have a deep relationship with the Lord, and therefore live like pagans.

We are unrealistic if we keep hoping that somehow we'll get away with watering down the gospel. We compromise with the world and try not to get burnt. We think a mediocre, minimal counterfeit of Christianity will not always bear bad fruit. After millions of abortions, hundreds of thousands of divorces, the decimation of priesthood and religious life, the alienation of our young people, and the deterioration of decency in our society, don't you think we ought to face reality? We must repent of lukewarm Christianity, totally give our lives to the Lord, and live for Him alone.

 
Prayer: Father, may lukewarm Christians consider me a fanatic.
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: Helen fights lukewarmness by being a daily communicant, faithful intercessor, and pro-life volunteer.
 
(For a related teaching, order our leaflet, Accepting Jesus as Lord, Savior, and God, or on audio AV 43-1 or video V-43.)
 
 
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†Most Reverend Daniel E. Pilarczyk, Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, April 3, 2007.
 
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