“Whoever comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, yes, and even life itself, cannot be my disciple,” Jesus said.
This is a call story. Jesus calls settled people. People happily and religiously established. People secure in their families, occupations, identities, communities, and faith.
Jesus calls them beyond. As if there is more to life. Another journey. Jesus is eager to show everyone the way, whenever we’re truly ready.
Consider communion. First, we bake the bread. Then, we break it and share it. First, we fill the cup. Then, we pour it out for others.
As we complete the first journey, Jesus calls us on the second. Then, we discover that what we built for ourselves, God intends for the world. In losing--Jesus promises--we gain.
Can you allow this? Are you ready to ask Jesus to loosen your grip on what is well and truly yours? Jesus does not ask you to give up what you have not yet completed. Nor does Jesus mock you for not yet finishing. There is a just order to things. Thank God for that.
Saint Paul Lutheran Church
715 South Third Street
Clinton, IA 52732
(at the foot of the south bridge)