We begin in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit
Luke's gospel (9:51-62) says: "No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God."
Did Jesus really mean that we should never look back? How could he seriously have wanted a man to leave his dead father unburied? What harm would have been done for another man to say farewell to his family? What happened to the commandment "Honor your father and your mother?" Aren't there times when it is good to look back?
Perhaps Jesus exaggerated to make a point. There is an urgency about the kingdom of God that requires our immediate attention. We need to be careful of dragging our feet. I know this can be a pitfall for me: I like things to be in order and I can consume myself with tying up loose ends. The danger is that in doing so, I miss out on God's summons in the here and now.
Easter happened; it is real and is going on at this very moment! We need to live this reality – right now!
God calls us to bring closure to some areas of our lives, and sometimes we just need to move forward. Easter is about being hopeful and trusting in God. The beginning of this day's reading sees Jesus "set his face to go to Jerusalem." He was moving forward toward his Passion. He knew that his days were numbered, and he needed all the help he could get!
And he still needs us—now – to be people of Resurrection faith, hope and love!
We pray: Lord – enable new life in our hearts, in Jesus' name we pray. Amen.
We continue our day in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit