As they were going along the road, someone said to him, “I will follow you wherever you go.” And Jesus said to him, “Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests; but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.” To another he said, “Follow me.” But he said, “Lord, first let me go and bury my father.”
But Jesus said to him, “Let the dead bury their own dead; but as for you, go and proclaim the kingdom of God.” Another said, “I will follow you, Lord; but let me first say farewell to those at my home.” Jesus said to him, “No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God.”
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.
This section of the Gospel of St. Luke is entitled “The Would-be Followers of Jesus.” The first would-be follower volunteered himself, but Jesus denied him. The other two were called by Christ but gave him excuses (even noble ones) for not immediately heading his call.
Jesus told the first that he was making a commitment he wasn’t ready to fulfill. The last two were more ready than they knew. Jesus, himself, called them by name to follow him, yet they told him they were not ready. Wouldn’t it make sense that if Jesus says you’re ready, then you must be ready? Yet, many still hesitate. To follow Jesus is the most noble, the highest good one could choose.
What good things are you holding onto in your life that are keeping you from the best thing? Are you willing to drop everything at a moment’s notice if Jesus asks you?
—Sam Mauck is the Director of Catholic Campus & Young Adult Ministry for the Diocese of Memphis, which is a member of the Charis Ministries Partner Program.
Prayer for Generosity
Lord, teach me to be generous,
to serve you as you deserve,
to give and not to count the cost,
to fight and not to heed the wounds,
to toil and not to seek for rest,
to labor and not to look for any reward,
save that of knowing that I do your holy will.
—St. Ignatius of Loyola
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