From a Creighton Student's Perspective
July 2, 2012
Sophomore, Social Work Major
In today’s Gospel, a scribe approaches Jesus and states, “Teacher, I will follow you wherever you go.” In a turnabout way, Jesus explains to the scribe that he is homeless; my life isn’t one of luxury, Jesus seems to say. The conversation is so brief that it’s difficult to tell if Jesus is testing the scribe or just informing him that a life of faith isn’t always easy. In fact, we never officially find out if the scribe continues with Jesus and the disciples because another disciple intercedes and asks permission to bury his father before leaving on the journey. On the surface level, Jesus’ response seems cold-hearted and inconsiderate: “Follow me, and let the dead bury their dead.” After re-reading and reflecting on Jesus’ response, I realized that what comes across as a cold-hearted demand is actually Jesus calling the disciple to leave the past behind him and move forward in life. He doesn’t want the disciple to half-heartedly follow him with one foot in the door and the other out. Instead, he calls him to sacrifice what it is that is holding him back and move forward. Jesus calls the disciple and us all: Let go of what is holding you back, and follow me.
Although I had to search a little bit more to find meaning in today’s readings, they provided me with a lesson that I needed to hear: a life of faith isn’t always easy, and it usually requires sacrifice. In my opinion, there isn’t one single way to define a “life of faith.” It’s different for everyone, but once we discover how we can best live in love, we must do it with total passion. If we allow ourselves to be passionate about living lives of faith, we will easily be able to let go of what holds us back. There will be challenges and sacrifices along the way, but it will be worth it.
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