Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
Octomber 3, A.D. 2007
Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
Psalm 137:1-2, 3, 4-5, 6
A reflection on today's Scripture:
"I Will Follow You . . . ."
Today we have three different responses to three different kinds of people who want to join Jesus on the journey. The first of these is the enthusiast, the idealist. "I'll follow you wherever you go." And Jesus responds--you say that now, yes, and I'm sure you mean it now--but you say it without knowing its meaning. If you can know its meaning and still be so enthusiastic, then by all means, join me.
The second supplicant has the obligation of unresolved religious duties. He has the obligation of burying his father. To this Jesus says, that's another excuse. When you have buried him, you will find another reason and another reason and another reason, all perfectly good, all proper and all reasonable. And all of these reasons will be serving God in one way or another. But they are mere excuses. Proper religious duty, religious duty that is alive and well attends to the center not to the edges.
Finally, a person approaches with the responsibility of familial obligation. Jesus recognizes the importance of these but emphasizes the importance of serving the Kingdom. Once you know your duty, once you know what God requires, there can be no going home and saying goodbye. But interestingly, there is also no need, because serving God does not require abandoning those we love any more than taking a job in another city does. Indeed, serving God is taking a job in the celestial city, which is present to all at all times.
- JuandelaCruz |
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