Mass Readings: Acts 19:1-8/John 16:29-33

Cost of Belief

In 1933 Dietrich Bonhoeffer wrote in The Cost of Discipleship, “When God calls a man, He calls him to die.” Bonhoeffer paid the cost by dying at the hands of the Nazis during World War II. Our readings today challenge us to ask what we’re willing to pay to be a Christ’s disciple. Paul challenges Christians in Ephesus to understand that baptism incurs commitment. Jesus tells His disciples that they’ll suffer, but in the end He will overcome the world.

We can’t count the cost of our discipleship, our belief in Christ, but rather must be willing to stridently promote and defend our Catholic faith against a sea of opposition found in contemporary society. The task is great, but the gift of eternal life is more than worth our effort.

Prayer: Father, help me to keep my eyes fixed on Jesus, the source of my salvation.