The Gospel According to Luke 9:57-62
As Jesus and his disciples 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.” 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.”
Reflection: Today’s message is all about setting one’s priority and to always be looking forward. Jesus is talking in extremes to his disciples and to us. Of course, it is important to take care of personal matters, but it is more important to place things like this in their perspective order. Putting God at the top of our priority list
ensures that everything after that will fall right into place.
Putting our faith in God is a great starting place. From there our prayer life becomes stronger, our relationship with God starts to become closer on a personal level. We then start to see our relationship with our spouse and our children improve in the love and respect for that we have for each other.
Ultimately, we begin to change the way we see and treat everyone that we encounter, and this process becomes infective. But it begins with putting God first in our lives.
The interesting conclusion to this gospel passage is the phrase ‘setting a hand to the plow.’ What does this mean? It means to begin or to undertake a task. That’s what Jesus wants us to do. Start plowing by putting God first and never looking back!
Action of the Day: What does your field look like? What are the stones that are in your way that you must clear before you can move forward and continue your relationships with God?