Humbly submit your will to God (Thy Will be done) and consecrate yourself to the Sacred Heart of Jesus through Mary and Joseph.
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,
“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.” LK 9:51-62
Today, Jesus teaches us an important lesson about the radically high importance of the Kingdom of God that we are called to strive for with His grace. Jesus speaks words that make a common person like me wonder if He is crazy. What I have experienced is Jesus is crazy, crazy in love with each and every one of us. Today, Jesus is resolute on going to Jerusalem where His Passion, Death, Resurrection and Ascension, His final destination on earth, His mission and purpose, will culminate. His message is simple but not easy to follow. The Kingdom of God is more important than saying good bye or even burying those who are closest to you, your family. The point, to be holy, God must be the center of your life. Once we have accepted God as the center of our lives, He will rightly order our lives and this leads to holiness or happiness. The Kingdom of God is not some far away destination, it lies in our hearts.
Today’s challenge: Take some time daily to sit in silence and listen to Jesus teach you about the Kingdom of God in your life. Then, go forth and tell the whole world (for most of us our families, people in our parishes, those we work with, or in our community) this great news!
Be a servant, become a saint!
Today’s Gospel says “let the dead bury their dead, but you, go and proclaim the Kingdom of God.” God is telling us to come follow him and proclaim to others. Stop thinking of ourselves and go help others and proclaim the Kingdom of God.