As Jesus and his disciples were proceeding
on their journey, someone said to him,
“I will follow you wherever you go.”
Jesus answered him,
“Foxes have dens and birds of the sky have nests,
but the Son of Man has nowhere to rest his head.”
And to another he said, “Follow me.”
But he replied, “Lord, let me go first and bury my father.”
But he answered him, “Let the dead bury their dead.
But you, go and proclaim the Kingdom of God.”
And another said, “I will follow you, Lord,
but first let me say farewell to my family at home.”
Jesus answered him, “No one who sets a hand to the plow
and looks to what was left behind is fit for the Kingdom of God.”
The Christian must be willing to give up everything- comfort, home, family, and perhaps most difficult, the appearance of being a good person. What does Jesus say to the one who wants to bury his father, “Let the dead bury their dead.” These are difficult words! To neglect burying one’s father would be a grave negligence for a faithful Jew. And yet this is what Jesus demands.
And what is the return for those of us who are willing to give up- home, family, comfort and reputation? Nothing less than the Kingdom of God. A Kingdom of goodness, truth, beauty, love and life that stretches beyond our imagination throughout eternity.
What is keeping you from inheriting the Kingdom of God? What are you unwilling to give up for the sake of Christ?
Lord God, you are the source of all good things. From you I recieved my home, my family, all that I have, all that I am, all that I love. Help me to entrust back to you all these goods, and let nothing separate me from your love.