“Let the dead bury their own dead,” Jesus said.
The same God who said, “Honor your father and mother,” seemed to dismiss a potential follower’s desire to attend their father’s funeral. How can this be? Why do you think Jesus chose to make his point so bluntly?
The story of the call of the prophet Elisha would have been well known to Jesus’ first followers. Elisha was indeed permitted to go home and say goodbye. What is the difference between the way of Jesus and the way of that historic prophet of old? What’s the difference between being good and decent and being a disciple of Jesus?
Can you imagine following Jesus with reckless abandon? How would that be different from the way you follow Jesus now? Ask Jesus, “What do you want from me?”
Saint Paul Lutheran Church
715 South Third Street
Clinton, IA 52732
(at the foot of the south bridge)