In the Lectionary

September 8, Ordinary 23C (Luke 14:25-33)

Jesus isn’t known for being on the winning side. His constant mantra is come and die.

“Did you count the cost?” Jesus asks me.

“Two point six million—$654,000 over budget,” I respond.

“Which of you, intending to build a tower, does not first sit down and estimate the cost?” Jesus lowers his eyes and shakes his head.