THE SERVANT GENERAL
THE NEW EVANGELIZATION
Today’s gospel: Luke 9:51-62
As Christians, we are supposed to be disciples, that is, followers
of Jesus. Jesus has given us the call: “Follow me”
(v.59a). But there are many obstacles, foremost of which would
be comfort and family. Not that looking to comfort at times
and looking to family all the time are not good. They most
certainly are. But they can indeed come in the way of discipleship
if we are not careful.
so Jesus states the ideal of true discipleship. One would-be
disciple was enthusiastic. “I will follow you wherever
you go.” (v.57). Oh yeah? Do you know the cost? There
will be hardships. In fact, it will be defined by hardships.
“Foxes have dens and birds of the sky have nests, but
the Son of Man has nowhere to rest his head.” (v.58).
Like Master, like disciple. Those who look to comfort and
convenience and pleasures need not apply.
wanted to take care of his father first before going off to
follow Jesus. “Lord, let me go first and bury my father.”
(v.59b). Very noble indeed. But the mission is urgent. And
it is a priority. So Jesus told him, “Let the dead bury
their dead. But you, go and proclaim the kingdom of God.”
(v.60). There will always be those who will take care of familial
needs, but the workers for the harvest are few. If you are
called, respond right away.
another wanted first to have his goodbyes, possibly his last
hurrah of parties. “I will follow you, Lord, but first
let me say farewell to my family at home.” (v.61). Not
entirely unreasonable. After all, one might have to give those
pleasures up. But if one has to have a last fling, then one
is at risk of not being able to entirely cut off his earthly
desires and pleasures, to be able to give all to God. “No
one who sets a hand to the plow and looks to what was left
behind is fit for the kingdom of God.” (v.62). When
times go hard, regrets will come, nostalgia will set in, resolve
will weaken. Jesus says that once you have decided, then act
immediately on it.
to Jesus’ call, mission comes before personal comfort
and even family. His work, priorities and agenda certainly
before ours (we are not even to have our own). We must not
neglect personal and family well-being of course, but we must
know what is God’s priority.
are called, but few respond in the right way. Let us pray
for more authentic disciples.
For further and deeper explanation of the call to discipleship,
read my book “Following Christ.”