But First

September 27, 2022

Each day, I reflect upon a word or a phrase inspired by the readings of the day. I encourage you to do the same and perhaps incorporate that word or phrase into your daily prayer.

And to another Jesus said, “Follow me.” But he replied, “I will follow you, Lord, but first let me say farewell to my family at home.”  (Luke 9:51-56)

BUT FIRST: In today’s gospel, word had spread about Jesus and he had people interested in becoming his disciples. Jesus offered them the opportunity, calling them to follow. Their immediate response was to make an excuse: “I want to follow you, but something else is a priority right now.”

Many potential disciples opted not to follow Jesus. His teachings were too difficult. He asked too much of them. They were focused on their own needs and lost sight of what was most important.

In order to follow Jesus, we have to stop thinking worldly thoughts. We must move forward and never look back. We have to think and act as Jesus and keep our eye on the ultimate prize of heaven.

God calls all of us, not just once in a lifetime, but day after day. Are we prepared to hear the call and answer it, or do we have other priorities?

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