13th Sunday Ordinary Time Gospel and Reflection 2010

James Tissot
When the days for his 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."

Either there was a family funeral he had to attend or - more likely, he was talking about the general pull of family concerns and family obligations. 
He was asking Jesus  "Surely, you don’t wish me to shrug off my normal responsibilities?” Jesus’ answer was an uncompromising YES.
In one short remark Jesus spelled out to the world that those who followed Him were as those who had life and those who didn’t, were dead; maybe highlighting those who really choose to try and follow and see the truth and those who don’t. 
This difference between the two conditions is a stark one but so important that it takes precedence over everything else. Following Christ becomes the very first priority.

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 plough and looks to what was left behind is fit for the kingdom of God."

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