“Teach us to number our days aright, that w may gain wisdom of heart” (Ps 90:12).
Planning ahead means knowing that you have all the resources we will need to finish a project.
Jesus asks those who want to be disciples to know what it entails and to be prepared to follow through. We know our inadequacy but trust that everything we need will be given to us when we need it. The builder who runs out of money to finish a tower, or the king who marches against a rival badly outnumbered, will both be accounted fools. Know what you are getting into. Trust the one you are following to provide for you along the way.
Wisdom of heart includes knowing how limited our time is on earth. Don’t postpone conversion or miss an invitation to go deeper, for the chance may not come around again soon. How many people procrastinate and then live to regret a lost opportunity. The lesson is built into our language: Timing is everything, strike while the iron is hot, seize the moment, for he who hesitates is lost.
Discipleship is a course in time management. God is always fresh in the moment, so a disciple learns to go with the flow. Pay attention; go here; go there. But also, wait for ripeness; when in doubt, pray for insight and courage; prudence plans ahead, but then acts. Even if you stumble, stumble forward, and always keep your eyes on the prize.
Jesus ends his teaching with this: "Renounce all your possessions or you cannot be my disciple." Let go of anything that hinders you from following me. Travel light, for nothing is worth more than being with me.
To celebrate the community Eucharist is to be reminded of this most important of all gifts —companionship with Jesus and his followers. The bread we break and the cup we share unites us to be Christ in the world. There is no life as precious as this, for it blesses us here and now and promises us a share in the life to come.