Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Reflection: Luke 9:57-62
In today’s Gospel we see the enthusiastic response of an individual to Jesus’s preaching. This person was so enraptured by Jesus that s/he was ready to immediately leave home and family and become Jesus’s disciple. However, when Jesus tells the person what “following him” would entail (leaving home and family), the individual responds with many reasons why it would be impossible for her/him to follow Jesus. The reasons and responsibilities they had were very real. They had families to support and other responsibilities to take care of.
Think back: can you remember a time in your life when you were so “on fire” for Jesus and his message that you were ready to “give your all” to Jesus? At these times, our desire and plan to “give our all” to follow Jesus is very real. Then the reality of life intrudes. There is not enough time and we have too many responsibilities! Guess what happens?
Often it is impossible for us to follow Jesus as we initially “thought” we would do. It doesn’t mean that we have changed our minds and hearts. Perhaps we need to think of it differently. Jesus might be asking us to follow him by going about our regular daily responsibilities with greater love and care. Or we may find ourselves ministering to someone who needs a friend to listen to them. There are many different ways to follow Jesus and all of them are good! Today how is Jesus calling you?