Luke 9: 57-62
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.”
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved (http://www.usccb.org/bible/approved-translations)
Theologian Frank Sheed says of God in his book Theology and Sanity: “There is something marvelously inviting to the mind in an infinite being of whom we can know something, but whom we cannot wholly know; in the knowledge of whom we can grow, yet the truth of whose being we can never exhaust. We shall never have to throw God away like a solved crossword puzzle.”
How do I picture God when I pray?
God is eternal discovery and eternal growth. The more we think we understand God, the more God reveals Himself as other. The more we think we hold God, the further God withdraws, drawing us into the depths of Himself. –Pierre Teilhard de Chardin. S.J.
—Excerpted from Mission, by Fr. Mark Link, S.J. ©2000 RCL Enterprises, Inc., Allen TX. For more prayer resources from Fr. Link, please visit www.staygreat.com
Lord, it’s easy to speak the words, “I want to follow you wherever you go.” But then when we are called upon to sacrifice, to take a risk, to go where we never anticipated, those words are far more difficult to utter. Though our path may be covered in thorns if we say “Yes” to you, we are confident that loyalty to you will bring us an inner security. We also trust that we will realize true success because you are always at our side ultimately leading us to a far better place.
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