Gospel: Mt 8: 18-22
When Jesus saw a crowd around him, he gave orders to cross to the other shore. A scribe approached and said to him, “Teacher, 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.” Another of his disciples said to him, “Lord, let me go first and bury my father.” But Jesus answered him, “Follow me, and let the dead bury their dead.”
FOLLOWING IN HIS PATH: With an emotional surge, the scribe announced his desire to follow Jesus. So Jesus opens the reality of His life wide for the seeker. His total independence which is reflected in him not having a home and hearth is revealed. He does not belong anywhere, insecurity surrounds him. The invitation to discipleship is not for those with second thoughts. Jesus probably did not think burying the dead father is not a responsibility of the son. Let those spiritually dead, and not enthusiastic about God go ahead with such duties. Bringing God to the living, or helping them see the light of his teaching is a more worthy assignment. What holds us back? Let us roll up our sleeves, pull up our socks and launch ourselves into the work of the Kingdom and bring Jesus to the fore.
PRAYER: God of all creation, may we find working for your Kingdom a worthy exercise and do it with all our heart.