REFLECTION FOR TODAY,
September 30, 2020
By Fr. Andrew Ibegbulem, OSA
And another said, “I will follow you, Lord, but first let me say farewell to my family at home.” Jesus answered him, “No one who sets a hand to the plow and looks to what was left behind is fit for the Kingdom of God.” Luke 9:61-62
Our God is jealous in his love for us. When we decide to follow Him, he calls us to abandon all our plans and ideas and embrace his way instead. His goal is to renew our minds and teach us the way to the Father. So, when Jesus tells those who wish to follow him to let the dead bury their dead, He is asking for total commitment.
The call of Jesus is absolute. When He calls us, we ought to respond with complete submission of our will and with an abundance of generosity. So, His words were meant to remind his listeners that following him was not something to do without total commitment.
Committing first to Christ results in all other aspects of one’s life being put naturally into proper order. The things we do, the familial obligations we have, are not set as prerequisites to following Jesus, but are conformed to the life of discipleship and gives purpose and meaning because of it.
In the Scripture above, God willed that this person immediately and completely follows Jesus. But the person hesitated saying he wants to go and first say goodbye to his family. That sounds like a reasonable request. But Jesus makes it clear that he is called to follow Him immediately and without hesitation.
It’s certainly not that there is anything wrong with wanting to say goodbye to his family. The family would most likely expect such a thing. But Jesus uses this opportunity to show us that our number one priority must be to answer His call, when He calls, how He calls, and because He calls. In the wonderful and even mysterious call to follow Christ, we must be ready to respond without hesitation.
Imagine if one of the persons in this story were different. Imagine if one of them came to Jesus and said, “Lord, I will follow You and am ready and willing to follow You right now without qualification.” That’s the ideal. And, yes, the idea is quite radical.
In our own lives, we most likely will not receive the radical call to literally leave everything behind immediately and go serve Christ in some new form of life. But the key is our willingness! Are you willing?
If you are willing, you will start to discover that Jesus is daily calling you to fulfill His mission. And if you are willing, you will daily see that His mission is glorious and fruitful beyond measure. It simply comes down to you saying “Yes” without hesitation and without delay.
Reflect, today, upon your willingness to follow Jesus. Put yourself into this Scripture and reflect upon how you would respond to Jesus. Most likely you will see hesitation. And if you see hesitation in your heart, try to surrender that over so that you will be ready for all our Lord has in mind for you.
Lord, I do love You and I do want to follow You. Help me to overcome any and every hesitation in my life in saying “Yes” to Your holy will. Help me to discern Your voice and embrace all You say every day. Jesus, I trust in You.