Gospel: Lk 9:51-62
As the time drew near when Jesus would be taken up to heaven, he made up his mind to go to Jerusalem. He sent ahead of him some messengers, who entered a Samaritan village to prepare a lodging for him. But the people would not receive him, because he was on his way to Jerusalem. Seeing this, James and John, his disciples, said, “Lord, do you want us to call down fire from heaven to reduce them to ashes?” Jesus turned and rebuked them, and they went on to another village.
As they went on their way, a man said to him, “I will follow you wherever you go.” Jesus said to him, “Foxes have holes and the birds of the air have nests; but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.”
To another, Jesus said, “Follow me!” But he answered, “Let me go back now, for, first, I want to bury my father.” And Jesus said to him, “Let the dead bury their dead; as for you, leave them, and proclaim the kingdom of God.”
Another said to him, “I will follow you, Lord, but first let me say goodbye to my family.” And Jesus said to him, “Whoever has put his hand to the plow, and looks back, is not fit for the kingdom of God.”
READ: You, brothers and sisters, were called to enjoy freedom… Walk according to the Spirit… Let the Spirit lead you.
REFLECT: To follow Jesus means to be ready to give up, if need be, material security, family, friends, one’s “comfort zone.” But this readiness brings with it so much inner freedom that no one regrets having followed Jesus.
PRAY: Let us ask Christ to give us the courage to follow him in all things.
ACT: Let us examine ourselves with ruthless honesty. Are we the slaves of anything?
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