When Jesus speaks to the great multitude about what it means to follow Him, He makes it clear that a simple initial burst of enthusiasm will not do. It takes a full commitment to change and grow, up to suffering and death. Am I invested in my relationship with Jesus for the long haul? Will my faith endure the test of time? Can I hope, especially when all seems bleak?

O Jesus, may I endure in my “yes” to You. Grant me the courage and strength to believe.