Sixth Sunday after Pentecost
June 26, 2016
Disciple: Iíll follow you anywhere . . .
Jesus: Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests; but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.
Disciple: Lord, let me first go bury my father . . .
Jesus: Let the dead bury their own dead; but as for you, go and proclaim the kingdom of God.
Disciple: I will follow you, Lord, but let me first say farewell to those at my home . . .
Jesus: No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God. (Luke 9:57ñ62)
These are interesting responses from our Good Shepherd. They sort of bring us up short, don’t they? The disciples are not making unreasonable requests. Yet Jesus, Scripture tells us, had “set his face to go to Jerusalem.” So, if we are to move forward into a future with Jesus by our side, he has given us the promise that we will suffer for righteousness’ sake. But we are also promised we will be given life — life in abundance. Jesus is leading us to the light and love of God’s reign. If we are to journey in the Way of Christ, Jesus is telling us that we will have to let go of our naivete, bury all those obstacles that get in the way of his call, be prepared to travel far from “home” and to “travel light.”
There is always that pull to hold on to the comforts of what is familiar, controlled, planned, and, perhaps, even hoped for. But Jesus invites us to let go of all that tethers us and to follow in the way of risk and freedom. So we might as well jump . . . and trust God will be there to catch us, hold us, love us, and lead us where we need to go.
Lisa Mullen, director of Christian education, Kernersville Moravian Church, Kernersville, North Carolina