Father, Son, and Holy Spirit
Discipleship - Following Jesus
by Rev. Fr. Alexander J. Kurien, Washington, D.C.
St. Luke 9: 51-62: Do we reject Jesus for our earthly
Do you remember the story of Jesus asking some
people to become his followers? One replied, "I will follow you,
but first let me bury my Father." He simply wants to spend the
last few days or years of his fathers life with him. But Jesus
said, "Let the dead bury the dead."
Another says, "I will follow
you, just let me go and say a proper good-by to everyone." A
simple enough request, surely Jesus would grant it. Instead
Jesus says that people like him, who look back, are not fit for
Some people reject Jesus' call to be disciples because they
don't want to leave the comfort of home. But there are other
reasons. Consider the Samaritans. If you remember they were the
ones who told Jesus not to make himself at home. They told him
he wasn't welcome because they didn't like where he was going.
The Samaritans and the Jews had a lot of religious arguments.
And they hated each other because the Jews said God should be
worshipped in Jerusalem. But the Samaritans said God should be
worshipped in the mountains. Many Jews avoided the Samaritans.
If Jews had to get to the other side of Samaria they would go
around it rather than go through it. But Jesus went right
through it because he loved them. On this occasion Jesus was on
his way to Jerusalem to worship. The Samaritans did not believe
in going to Jerusalem to worship so they refused to receive
Jesus. They didn't like his destination so they rejected him.
People today do the same thing. They don't agree with what Jesus
is doing so they refuse to cooperate. But Christ is on his way
to glorify God.
Some people don't like Christ's goal of
reconciling people to God through forgiveness. That is what
was wrong with the disciples in St. Luke 9: 51-62. They didn't
want to forgive. The Samaritans had rejected them and they were
mad. So they said, "Lord condemn those people. Call fire down
on them." But Jesus refused. Many people don't like it when
Jesus sets out to reconcile people to each other or to God.
They want Jesus to rain fire down on them, not heal them. So
they refuse Christ's forgiving Spirit a home in their hearts.
However, Christ, a forgiving father, answered, "the Son of man
did not come to destroy men's lives, but to save them."
Jesus made it very clear that discipleship is not an easy life.
It is a life of constant change. To follow, we will have to
count our relationship to Jesus as more important than our
family and friends. And sometimes people will reject us because
we seek God's will. Sometimes it means showing love to people
who make us uncomfortable.
But the benefits are worth it. Followers of Christ cannot make
themselves at home during their spiritual journey, but they do
have company. Son of God calls us to be spiritually homeless in
the world, but he will be homeless with us. And while we are
homeless in this world, those who follow Christ will have a
permanent home in heaven and eternal life. Therefore, let us
not reject Jesus for our earthly conveniences, because Jesus
came and sacrificed his life to save us.
Be a Bold
Remember that you are immortal till your work is done. If the Lord has
more witness for you to bear, you will live to bear it.
Story of Joseph in the Bible is an epitome of a forgiving mind, a proof
that even if man decides to hurt one's feelings or rob one's best part
of life, nothing shall ultimately prevail against what God has destined.
The Hour of Glory
No human mind can begin to fathom the eternal love of the Father toward
His chosen children of grace. That hour of perfect obedience by His only
begotten Son unto death, even the death of the cross, was ever before
the Father from eternity. Had it not been for these covenant promises,
Adam would have sunk eternally into hell the instant that he sinned.
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