You know the great gift it is to do life together in your family, colleagues, teammates etc. We are built for relationship; relationship with God and with each other. There is a cost in time, energy, money etc, when we sacrifice for our families, friendships and teams, but we are willing to do it for the sake of the team because its worthwhile.
In the Gospel today Jesus invites these three people he encounters to be part of His team, the family of God. Jesus is defining reality for them, telling them what it will cost them if they want to follow Him. The first person he encounters says “I want to follow you.” Jesus replies “Foxes have holes and the birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has no where to lay his head.” This is what life is going to be like if you follow me, we may not have a place to sleep. Jesus message to this disciple and to us is a challenge to put him first, above any kind of possession in this world.
The second person comes up and Jesus says follow me. But this man wants to bury his father. Jesus says “let the dead bury the dead.” Jesus is challenging him and challenging us to put God even above our closest relationships; spouses, immediate family. God loves family, he blesses family life, but the point is, will we choose God above anything and any relationship. Are we willing to witness to our faith before our family members; its hard.
The third person wants to go back to his extended family and friends in his hometown and say farewell. Are we also willing to put God above that second tier of relationships?
Why would we do this? Because we know the love of God in our lives. God does everything to prioritize us and we want to do the same to prioritize Him. I know you know what sacrificial love is. You’ve poured out your lives for others, you get that. Many have been on this journey for a long time. The church gives us these reading to remind us that we need to recommit to following Jesus. We need to do this every day. To place him above everything else and choose him again today. Its something we get to do together. We are part of a family; the family of God. Part of the body of Christ united to him and united to each other. The Lord wants us to lean into Him and lean into each other for help. It costs us something to follow Jesus, but we do not have to do this alone. It is something we get to do together.