Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Matthew 8,18-22
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.”
Following Jesus is Radical:
1) Go Over to The Other Side: It’s the Lord who invites you to go out and to not continue doing the same thing with the same people. We have to go out and search for those who are not familiar to us. Starting a group with people we know may not allow us to grow as we need to. We must reach out to those who do not know Jesus. Today, Jesus invites you to go over to the other side.
2) Follow him: Following Jesus is a conversion of heart; from the Greek word, metanoia. We are not following an ideology but rather, a person; a living person who moves, breathes His life within us and radiates with love for each one of us. Following Christ changes your life and gives you the amazing opportunity to change the lives of others.
3) The Adventure: Following Jesus demands that you and I give him all of who we are. There is something amazing about you that only you have to offer the world. Jesus does not ask for a time or a stage of your life, He asks for your entire life. Following Him involves adopting a different lifestyle, a change in your life view, and a different goal. What He promises you is something greater than what you could even imagine or expect. Go over to the other side and follow Him, you will not regret it.
Voice over: LF