By Maria Johnson

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“Much will be required of the person entrusted with much, and still more will be demanded of the person entrusted with more.”

Today’s Gospel is a rough kind of exhortation. It’s not the uplifting inspirational scriptures we can isolate and put on a Pinterest board with a pretty picture.

No. It’s a rather direct statement on the cost of our commitment to Christ. If we are going to be in, then we need to be all in.

Sometimes we are afraid to make this full commitment because we feel inadequate or insecure about our ability to do a good job.When the Lord calls us, he equips us for the job!

Sometimes we are afraid because we have an inkling of the sacrifice Christ is asking of us. These are real fears — we can take that to the Lord. But again, he asks because he knows us and what we are capable of. Take heart! Be not afraid! 

It’s a lot to take in — and yet it’s a direct call to live our Christian lives the right way. To use our gifts for his glory, every moment of every day until He comes.

About the author:

Maria Morera Johnson is a blogger and cohost of SPQN’s Catholic Weekend. She is a composition and literature professor and director of English learning support at Georgia Piedmont Technical College, working with nontraditional students in innovative success initiatives. She has received a number of awards for teaching. Maria is a native of Cuba. Her book, My Badass Book of Saints: Courageous Women Who Showed Me How to Live, was published by Ave Maria Press. She and her, husband, John, have three grown children and live in Conyers, Georgia.