1910 New Catholic Dictionary
Parable of the Builder
(Luke 14) Gospel of the second Mass of a martyr-bishop and of Saint Basil (June 14,). Christ bade the people to reflect that to follow Him required utter self-sacrifice, detachment from all earthly ties, and carrying the cross. To stress the seriousness of the choice He proposed a parable, taken from everyday life. Before a man proceeds to build, he ought to ascertain both the cost and his own financial standing, lest becoming insolvent before the building be completed he be made the butt of ridicule by his fellows. The literal meaning is: "Ere you decide to follow Me and become My disciples, reflect whether you are ready to bring the required sacrifices." This parable may be applied to the striving after perfection, and to the common Christian life, since both are building up towers of faith and character.
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