When the days drew near for him to be taken up, he set his face to go to Jerusalem. And he sent messengers ahead of him. On their way they entered a village of the Samaritans to make ready for him; but they did not receive him, because his face was set toward Jerusalem. When his disciples James and John saw it, they said, “Lord, do you want us to command fire to come down from heaven and consume them?” But he turned and rebuked them. Then they went on to another village. As they were going along the road, someone said to him, “I will follow you wherever you go.” And Jesus said to him, “Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests; but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.” To another he said, “Follow me.” But he said, “Lord, first let me go and bury my father.” But Jesus said to him, “Let the dead bury their own dead; but as for you, go and proclaim the kingdom of God.” Another said, “I will follow you, Lord; but let me first say farewell to those at my home.” Jesus said to him, “No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God.”
Food For Thought:
In this passage of Scripture, the Gospel writer Luke talks about what it means to be a follower of Christ. How would you describe being a follower of Christ? What does it mean to follow Christ where Christ leads you? What are some of the most important attributes a follower of Christ has?
you framed the earth with love and mercy
and declared it good;
yet we, desiring to justify ourselves,
judge others harshly,
without knowledge or understanding.
Keep us faithful in prayer
that we may be filled with the knowledge of your will,
and not ignore or pass by another’s need,
but plumb the depths of love in showing mercy. Amen.
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