I Will Follow You, But…

“Lord I will follow You wherever You go,” says someone to Jesus in today’s Gospel from Luke.

Did her really mean it? Would he follow Jesus anywhere?

Will you? Will I?

Today’s Gospel from St. Luke invites us to explore our answer to Jesus’ invitation.

Will you follow Jesus all the way to Jerusalem? For that was where Jesus had “steadfastly set his face,” moments before the promise made by the man to follow him anywhere.

Will you follow him even if it means having never being settled and always ready to go where called? For Jesus tells the man who promises to follow him, “Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.

I want to think my yes to Jesus’ invitation to follow him is unqualified. That I will always drop everything and follow him immediately. But I also know that at times I can be like those who Jesus asks to follow him in today’s Gospel.

“Lord, let me first go and bury my father.”

“Lord let me first go and bid them farewell who are at my house.”

I will follow you, Lord, but…. I know those hesitations are sometimes there. And I pray to be able to let them go.

What are you “but”s? And what do you need from Jesus to be able to let them go?

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