June 30, 2019
At first flush, our gospel readings looks like a call to discipleship that requires us to forgo everything in our world that we know and understand; a call to give up family and friends and life as we know it. Jesus tells three would-be followers that perhaps they don't understand what true discipleship looks like. When one said he'd follow, Jesus explained that following would mean homelessness. The second asked to bury his father first and Jesus gave what seems like a harsh reply, "Let the dead bury their own dead." And the third wanted to return home for a proper farewell, but Jesus quashed that idea as well. I want to take a look at each situation and each response and see if we can't find meaning for our discipleship today.