2. What indicates an increase in faith is ever greater adherence to Jesus Christ. The closer you come to Him, the knowledge of Him, the clarity in your relationship with Him, and your identification with Him, the greater your faith. This identification requires “going through the narrow door” (Lk 13,24), renouncing family attachments and oneself (cf. Lc 14,26-27), renouncing the world and its riches (cf. Lc 14,33) and undoubtedly forgive always and without imposing conditions (cf. Lc 17,5-6). These are extremely important requirements that measure the fiducial condition of those who truly desire to live according to the Faith, which justifies it (cf. Hab 2,4).
3. Attention should be paid to the fact that an understanding of faith is an instrument of personal interest. Here lies a very serious mistake. Faith is not for miracles, personal glory, favors, merits, successes, and vanities. On the contrary, faith is first of all a gift from God. Then it requires self-denial to live in total adherence to God, subject to His saving will. Only then can we understand why faith is not a mechanism of transport of things and / or people, but, in addition to adherence to God and His doctrine, is an instrument of liberation of the human person, especially when it comes to disagreements, riots, hatred, individualism, family imbalances, persecution, prejudice, etc. All this must be overcome, eliminated from man and his relationships. In this case, faith places man before God, himself, and the other as a true gift of salvation.
4. In the second part of the text above, Jesus wants to lead His disciples to total selflessness. The disciple is one who fulfills the will of the Master in total disinterest and gratuitousness. The evangelizing mission starts from God's desire and aims at God Himself. The disciple is someone called, chosen, prepared and sent by God as an instrument of salvation, as a sign of his love and truth, as a defender of life and a witness of his goodness. God makes the disciple a bearer of the Good News for the elevation of man and the transformation of the world.
5. It cannot be a disciple of Christ who seeks privileges and prestigious titles. The text does not want to show Jesus as a thick, crude and inhuman man in action. In fact, by this parable He wants to combat in His disciples any form of action that is outside the reality of love. Those who act for privileges do not love are exploiters of others. This kind of religiosity is strongly condemned by Jesus. Anyone who wants to be a disciple must smash every form of commercialism in relationship with God, that is, try to do something in return for something. The disciple, like any human being, has his interests, his dreams, but brings with it some differences: once a disciple, his joy is to serve his Lord in the implantation of his Kingdom; moreover, he suffers greatly to be free from the judgment of his interests, and may even be treated as an enemy when in fact he pretends to be only faithful to God; another thing, he suffers the rejection of those for whom he is spending his life; his life resembles that of Christ the Servant.
6. In a world that seeks honors, power, fame, cameras and camcorders, first places, applause, titles, success in everything, disinterest in prophetism (consequence of the self-seeker), that enslaves religiosity to economic principles, placing God in the situation of justifying the sickest desires for domination, manipulation of ideas, psychological imbalance and elimination of the dignity of the other, born the disciple and disciple of Jesus Christ, bearers of the same mission as the Master. to act in the same way: as SERVANTS, even bearing the cross imposed by the deluded of the world. In the midst of this world, the disciple does the will of God, is aware of the calling, knows what his mission is, puts on his service, and boldly throws himself into the mission. In the end, he is aware that he was only able to accomplish Christ's mission because he knew how to live the condition of servant, serving only out of love, and that this condition was essential even and primarily for his own salvation.
A strong and affectionate hug.
Father José Erinaldo