Today’s Gospel: Luke 9:57-62 – St. Francis of Assisi
Excuses. I am full of them. Some of them are good excuses, most are mediocre. I have an alarm that goes off just before 3pm to remind me to say a simple prayer. Often I hit ‘ignore’ and continue on with whatever I am doing, thinking, ‘I’m just in the middle of something here, once it’s done, I can give time to God.’ It usually follows hours later that I remember, oh, yeah…I was supposed to do that thing at 3…
Excuses. Jesus is pointing out our excuses today in the Gospel. His invitation is always present to us immediately – He asks for us immediately. It is this quality of St. Francis that I so much enjoy – he set aside everything in his immediate time frame to answer God’s call. And he answered it whether or not he knew completely what was being asked of him.
St. Francis: What, God? You want me to rebuild this church? Well, OK, I’ll do it…it’ll take some MacGyver-ing…
God: … erm… well, that’s nice and all, but could you work on The Church too?
St. Francis: Oh! Is that what you meant?! Well, no harm done…
My response is much more along the lines of, “Uh, well, you see, I’m already doing this other thing, and it sounds all good, but I’ll have to run it by the family and perhaps Mrs. X, Mr. Y, and Fr. Z before I do anything.”
Excuses. When we can answer God’s immediacy, we respond to His call in full trust. We will trust that God cares also for those things and people that we care for. We trust that God’s plan is bigger and encompasses those things. It is our invitation to respond.
How can I make responding to Jesus a priority over all the other people and tasks in front of me today?
Jesus, help me to trust that You care for all my cares as well; help me to let go of my own desire to direct it all so that I can better respond to Your call in the here and now.
Copyright 2017 Jane Korvemaker
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