When Jesus saw a crowd around him, he
gave orders to cross to the other side. A scribe
approached and said to him, "Teacher, I will follow you
wherever you go." Jesus answered him, "Foxes have dens and
birds of the sky have nests, but the Son of
Man has nowhere to rest his head." Another of his
disciples said to him, "Lord, let me go first and
bury my father." But Jesus answered him, "Follow me, and
let the dead bury their dead."
Introductory Prayer: Lord, I come to you in this
meditation ready to do whatever you ask. Left to myself
I often take the easy and convenient path, yet I
know the way of a Christian is through the narrow
gate. In you I find the reason to abandon the
easy path for a more perfect mission of love. I’m
ready to learn the meaning of your command: “Follow me.”
Petition: Lord Jesus, help me
to seek true holiness by following after you.
1. Follow His Footsteps: The transition to
becoming a disciple is not an easy one. While a
disciple generously hands over his own will to the Lord
unconditionally, the scribe in today’s passage still seeks his own
will, as noble as it may be. A disciple is
born from an invitation: “Follow me.” This scribe does not
yet have the total freedom of heart that life with
Christ demands. Where do I stand? One becomes identified with
Christ not through a mere accumulation of doctrine, principles and
techniques, but by living a common life with Christ born
from union with the Master’s will. May I hear Christ’s
voice setting the pace of holiness in my life and
inviting me to leave behind my own will for the
new life he presents.
2. Choosing the Better Way: Christ does not coldly ignore
the scribe, but seeks to attract him to a different
way of life, a life of simple poverty. Our Lord’s
own self-emptying poverty goes beyond the lot of the poorest
of men. What Christ’s poverty shows, however, is not misery.
Rather, it compels and attracts, for it is an infallible
sign of the richness of God from whom Christ lives
and moves. Christ’s living example empowers men to leave their
world for something better, nobler and more worthy of the
life they have been given. May my example also compel
others to find a better way, a holier way.
3. Shunning Shoddy Sophisms: There is
an almost ruthless quality to Christ’s response to the sophisms
and excuses offered to avoid following him. Detachment from all
personal wants and desires is the way to simplicity of
heart. Simplicity of heart requires us to be brutally honest
with ourselves. What comes first in our life? What is
really moving our heart to make the choices we make?
Is it God’s will? God’s will for us is never
complicated; perhaps it may be difficult, but it is never
complicated. Sometimes, under the pretext of doing good, we rationalize
not doing what is better. We do not need sophisticated
analyses assessing how many obstacles there are to doing God’s
will. All we need to clear the path to its
perfect fulfillment is a generous heart.
Conversation with Christ: Lord, I know you have called
me; I ask for your strength to respond with simplicity
and fortitude. I have heard your voice and I now
Resolution: Today I will
live better my vocation in life and, in particular, fulfill
some obligation that I normally put off.