Jesus replied, “No one who puts his hand to the plough and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God.”
Jesus resolutely sets our for Jerusalem, knowing that the time for his death is approaching. He sends some messengers to a Samaritan village to preapre for him, but the villagers refuse to welcome him.
As they are walking various men come and ask if they can follow Jesus. They want to fulfil various family duties but Jesus says that his work must come first.
Many of us want to have some of Jesus and some of the world. We want to follow Jesus but we also want to keep our relatives or friends happy.
Sometimes it works out that following Jesus is not costly to our relationships with other people. Other times we may have to choose one over the other.
In many countries around the world, following Jesus may mean being rejected by family and imprisoned, beaten or killed by others.
When the pressure is on and we are forced to choose, Jesus must come first.
Father when the heat is on and others demand that I give up following you, for whatever reason, may I be found faithful. Amen.