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From: Luke 9:57-62

The Calling of Three Disciples

[57] As they were going along the road, a man said to Him (Jesus), “I will follow
you wherever You go.” [58] And Jesus said to him, “Foxes have holes, and birds
of the air have nests; but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head.” [59] To
another He said, “Follow Me.” But he said, “Lord, let me first go and bury my fa-
ther.” [60] But He said to him, “Leave the dead to bury their own dead; but as for
you, go and proclaim the Kingdom of God.” [61] Another said, “I will follow You,
Lord; but let me first say farewell to those at my home.” [62] Jesus said to him,
“No one who puts his hand to the plough and looks back is fit for the Kingdom
of God.”


57-62. Our Lord spells out very clearly what is involved in following Him. Being
a Christian is not an easy or comfortable affair: it calls for self-denial and for put-
ting God before everything else. See the notes on Matthew 8:18-22 and Matthew

[The notes on Matthew 8:18-22 states:

18-22. From the very outset of His messianic preaching, Jesus rarely stays in
the same place; He is always on the move. He “has nowhere to lay His head”
(Matthew 8:20). Anyone who desires to be with him has to “follow Him”. This
phrase “following Jesus” has a very precise meaning: it means being His disci-
ple (cf. Matthew 19:28). Sometimes the crowds “follow Him”; but Jesus’ true
disciples are those who “follow Him” in a permanent way, that is, who keep on
following Him: being a “disciple of Jesus” and “following Him” amount to the
same thing. After our Lord’s ascension, “following Him” means being a Chris-
tian (cf Acts 8:26). By the simple and sublime fact of Baptism, every Christian
is called, by a divine vocation, to be a full disciple of our Lord, with all that that

The evangelist here gives two specific cases of following Jesus. In the case of
the scribe our Lord explains what faith requires of a person who realizes that he
has been called; in the second case—that of the man who has already said “yes”
to Jesus—He reminds him of what His commandment entails. The soldier who
does not leave his position on the battlefront to bury his father, but instead leaves
that to those in the rearguard, is doing his duty. If service to one’s country makes
demands like that on a person, all the more reason for it to happen in the service
of Jesus Christ and His Church.

Following Christ, then, means we should make ourselves totally available to Him;
whatever sacrifice He asks of us we should make: the call to follow Christ means
staying up with Him, not falling behind; we either follow Him or lose Him. In the
Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7) Jesus explained what following Him involves
— a teaching which we find summarized in even the most basic catechism of
Christian doctrine: a Christian is a man who believes in Jesus Christ — a faith he
receives at Baptism — and is duty bound to serve Him. Through prayer and friend-
ship with the Lord every Christian should try to discover the demands which this
service involves as far as he personally is concerned.]

[The notes on Matthew 8:22 states:

22. “Leave the dead to bury their own dead”: although this sounds very harsh, it
is a style of speaking which Jesus did sometimes use: here the “dead” clearly
refers to those whose interest is limited to perishable things and who have no
aspirations towards the things that last forever.

“If Jesus forbade him,” St. John Chrysostom comments, “it was not to have us
neglect the honor due to our parents, but to make us realize that nothing is more
important than the things of Heaven and that we ought to cleave to these and not
to put them off even for a little while, though our engagements be ever so indis-
pensable and pressing” (”Hom. on St. Matthew”, 27).]

We see here the case of the man who wanted to follow Christ, but on one condi-
tion—that he be allowed to say goodbye to his family. Our Lord, seeing that he
is rather undecided, gives him an answer which applies to all of us, for we have
all received a calling to follow Him and we have to try not to receive this grace in
vain. “We receive the grace of God in vain, when we receive it at the gate of our
heart, and do not let it enter our heart. We receive it without receiving it, that is,
we receive it without fruit, since there is no advantage in feeling the inspiration
if we do not accept it [...]. It sometimes happens that being inspired to do much
we consent not to the whole inspiration but only to some part of it, as did those
good people in the Gospel, who upon the inspiration which our Lord gave them
to follow Him wished to make reservations, the one to go first and bury his father,
the other to go to take leave of his people” (St. Francis de Sales, “Treatise on
the Love of God”, Book 2, Chapter 11).

Our loyalty and fidelity to the mission God has given us should equip us to deal
with every obstacle we meet: “There is never reason to look back (cf. Luke 9:62).
The Lord is at our side. We have to be faithful and loyal; we have to face up to
our obligations and we will find in Jesus the love and the stimulus we need to
understand other people’s faults and overcome our own” (St. J. Escriva, “Christ
Is Passing By”, 160).

Source: “The Navarre Bible: Text and Commentaries”. Biblical text from the
Revised Standard Version and New Vulgate. Commentaries by members of
the Faculty of Theology, University of Navarre, Spain.

Published by Four Courts Press, Kill Lane, Blackrock, Co. Dublin, Ireland, and
by Scepter Publishers in the United States.

4 posted on 10/02/2012 10:30:21 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation
Scripture readings taken from the Jerusalem Bible, published and copyright © 1966, 1967 and 1968 by Darton, Longman & Todd

Readings at Mass

First reading Job 9:1-13,14-16 ©
Job spoke to his friends:
Indeed, I know it is as you say:
  how can man be in the right against God?
If any were so rash as to challenge him for reasons,
  one in a thousand would be more than they could answer.
His heart is wise, and his strength is great:
  who then can successfully defy him?
He moves the mountains, though they do not know it;
  he throws them down when he is angry.
He shakes the earth, and moves it from its place,
  making all its pillars tremble.
The sun, at his command, forbears to rise,
  and on the stars he sets a seal.
He and no other stretched out the skies,
  and trampled the Sea’s tall waves.
The Bear, Orion too, are of his making,
  the Pleiades and the Mansions of the South.
His works are great, beyond all reckoning,
  his marvels, past all counting.
Were he to pass me, I should not see him,
  nor detect his stealthy movement.
Were he to snatch a prize, who could prevent him,
  or dare to say, ‘What are you doing?’
God never goes back on his anger,
  Rahab’s minions still lie at his feet.
How dare I plead my cause, then,
  or choose arguments against him?
Suppose I am in the right, what use is my defence?
  For he whom I must sue is judge as well.
If he deigned to answer my citation,
  could I be sure that he would listen to my voice?

Psalm Psalm 87:10-15 ©
Let my prayer come into your presence, O Lord.
I call to you, Lord, all the day long;
  to you I stretch out my hands.
Will you work your wonders for the dead?
  Will the shades stand and praise you?
Let my prayer come into your presence, O Lord.
Will your love be told in the grave
  or your faithfulness among the dead?
Will your wonders be known in the dark
  or your justice in the land of oblivion?
Let my prayer come into your presence, O Lord.
As for me, Lord, I call to you for help:
  in the morning my prayer comes before you.
Lord, why do you reject me?
  Why do you hide your face?
Let my prayer come into your presence, O Lord.

Gospel Acclamation Ps118:105
Alleluia, alleluia!
Your word is a lamp for my steps
and a light for my path.
Or Ph3:8-9
Alleluia, alleluia!
I have accepted the loss of everything
and I look on everything as so much rubbish
if only I can have Christ
and be given a place in him.

Gospel Luke 9:57-62 ©
As Jesus and his disciples travelled along they met a man on the road who said to him, ‘I will follow you wherever you go.’ Jesus answered, ‘Foxes have holes and the birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.’
  Another to whom he said, ‘Follow me’, replied, ‘Let me go and bury my father first.’ But he answered, ‘Leave the dead to bury their dead; your duty is to go and spread the news of the kingdom of God.’
  Another said, ‘I will follow you, sir, but first let me go and say goodbye to my people at home.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Once the hand is laid on the plough, no one who looks back is fit for the kingdom of God.’

5 posted on 10/02/2012 10:33:04 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation

Escriva writes quite beautifully! Thanks.

27 posted on 10/03/2012 7:43:30 AM PDT by Rich21IE
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