You have to have full availability to follow Jesus. It's not about spending a few hours with the Master to hear an interesting lecture from him; nor is it to attend a session of spectacular cures, capable of awakening the admiration of spectators. Following Jesus implies abandoning all security guards, represented by family and life itself. Therefore, what is required of the disciple is his total willingness to follow him to death. At no time does Jesus say that this choice is easy. Therefore, he recommends, through the two parables, to make the correct calculations before making the decision to follow him.
Adapted by Flávio.
Happy who has mercy and lends! "Happy the man who respects the Lord / and who lovingly loves his law! / His offspring will be strong upon the earth, / blessed the generation of righteous men! He is correct, generous and compassionate, /as light shines in darkness for the righteous. / Happy the charitable and helpful man, / who solves his business fairly. He shares with the poor his possessions, † remains forever the good he has done, / and his glory and power will grow.
Traçando o sinal da cruz em seu/ua filho/a: Abençoe a você (nome do filho/a), nosso Deus que é † Pai, Filho e Espírito Santo, para que você filho/a viva sempre no amor de Deus e fazendo só o bem a todos. Amém!
By tracing the sign of the cross on your son/daughter: Bless you (name of child), our God who is † father, son, and holy spirit, for you child alive always in love of God and doing good to all. Amen!