Walking with Jesus and following Him comes with a cost. Great crowds went with Jesus, with interest because He performed miracles and He performed healings. But many who listened to Him, and wanted to see what He did had no intentions of imitating Him.
So if we want to imitate Jesus, we need to know what that means.
Today's parable warns us against fast and reckless decisions. It sounds strange, because it seems to us the Gospel invites and encourages us to repent and to live with Jesus.
In some places, in Holy Scriptures, we read that Jesus invites some to immediately leave everything and follow Him.
In other places, Jesus encourages us to rethink before we decide to go on a shared way with Him. Jesus does not want to discourage us in imitating Him, but does not want large numbers of people.
Anyone can come to Jesus as He is. Walking. But this is just the beginning. The Christian life does not mean that I can stay as I am. If you believe someone receives a new identity, that means the renunciation of the old life. There are costs which we incur if we decide to live out our faith.
Because being a Christian is not a textbook theory. Faith in Jesus carries with it consequences, it carries a cost--the conversion, a change of life, death of old habits and sanctification of life.
So being a disciple of Jesus is the result of conscious decisions. Jesus invites all, although He places conditions. For each of us says -calculate everything - and if it costs too much freedom and does not feel decisive to building Christianity, it may someday become an Unfinished building.
Today, when we begin our retreat we all need to move into the reality which Jesus speaks of to us.
Since faith carries with it certain costs, also what we do in our everyday life carries certain consequences.
We are called to work in the school. One of the most important institutions next to the Family and the Church.
Therefore we must be aware of what that means.
Everything that is not consistent with the Gospel, which we overshadow shall be given second place. First of all, it must be ingrained in our hearts and in our way of thinking.
These are costs which we incur in order to build on the power of Jesus according to what He built.
If our shared building, which is Catholic Education, is to be robust in the first place it must be based on the Gospel and its truth, but also on our "private donations", which is to follow Jesus.
Our unique and legitimate road is being witnessed by our school to become a place of giving testimony.