Gospel Reading and Thoughts for June 30, 2013

Gospel – Luke 9:51-62

When the days for Jesus’ being taken up were fulfilled,
he resolutely determined to journey to Jerusalem,
and he sent messengers ahead of him.
On the way they entered a Samaritan village
to prepare for his reception there,
but they would not welcome him
because the destination of his journey was Jerusalem.
When the disciples James and John saw this they asked,hand on plow
“Lord, do you want us to call down fire from heaven
to consume them?”
Jesus turned and rebuked them, and they journeyed to another village.

As they were proceeding on their journey someone said to him,
“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.”

And to another he said, “Follow me.”
But he replied, “Lord, let me go first and bury my father.”
But he answered him, “Let the dead bury their dead.
But you, go and proclaim the kingdom of God.”
And another said, “I will follow you, Lord,
but first let me say farewell to my family at home.”
To him Jesus said, “No one who sets a hand to the plow
and looks to what was left behind is fit for the kingdom of God.”

 

How do we set our hands to the plow?  How do we follow our God?  Is it with apprehension or regret?  Or do we truly follow Him with loving trust?

Only a few months ago, I had to take my soon-to-be kindergartener in for her physical and shots.  “Where are we going, Mommy?”  “We’re going to the doctor for a checkup.”  “Will I have to get shots?” “Hmmm?”   Quick change of subject…

She was completely trusting and ready to hold my hand as we walked into the doctor’s office.  Even after I broke the news to her that she would be getting shots, she just accepted it, squirmed a bit and whimpered when she actually had the injections.

Of course, it broke my heart to see my dear sweet child scared, in pain and unhappy. 

We, as children of God, need to grab ahold of our Father’s hand and follow him without question, even if it is to an uncomfortable or unwanted place.  We must remember that even more than our human parents, our Heavenly Parent doesn’t want us to suffer either.  He guides us where his Will is to lead us, knowing that it is for our ultimate benefit. Jesus and children

 

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