And to another (Jesus) said, “Follow me.” But he replied, “Lord, let me go first and bury my father.” But he answered him, “Let the dead bury their dead. But you, go and proclaim the kingdom of God.”
How many of us believe in Jesus and are fans of his…but when it comes to actually following him…then we make excuses. “I’d love to follow you but I’ve got this or that to attend to first”…or…”I’m too young or old or busy right now”…or “I’m too imperfect to do that”…etc. Jesus said that now is the time to follow…right now. He used exaggeration in today’s scripture verse to make his point. And if and when we fail in following Jesus…the next moment (now!) will be the time once again. There are no prerequisites or tests to pass. Jesus calls each of us to be present and to spread the Good News of God’s unconditional love, mercy, forgiveness and compassion…for that is the “kingdom of God.” So how about opening yourself to the infinite love and compassion of God right this very moment? Then when you encounter someone today…may you be a living example of the message: “The kingdom of God is at hand!”
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