Reflection on Luke 9:57-62
At a young age my wife and I purchased land for a house. We cut down trees, and after the foundation and outside of the house was up we built the rest of our home with our own hands. At the time, I did not understand my commitment to Christ could put into question the luxury and priority of this resting place. Jesus’s warning to the would be follower is personal for me as I am ready but, my “Yes Lord” as of yet does not seem to mean I have to give up the comfort of home to serve God.
Luke 9 New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (NRSVCE)
Would-Be Followers of Jesus
57 As they were going along the road, someone said to him, “I will follow you wherever you go.” 58 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.” 59 To another he said, “Follow me.” But he said, “Lord, first let me go and bury my father.” 60 But Jesus said to him, “Let the dead bury their own dead; but as for you, go and proclaim the kingdom of God.” 61 Another said, “I will follow you, Lord; but let me first say farewell to those at my home.” 62 Jesus said to him, “No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God.”
Thank you for meditating on this Gospel reading and considering this reflection on Luke 9:57-62.