On Today’s Gospel

Posted: September 30, 2015 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

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I don’t have time right now. I don’t know enough about my faith or scripture. If I get involved in Church activities my spouse will be left behind as he/she is not of the same faith level or same faith. Need to settle my affairs first so when I retire I will have more time. I really want to but I got this, this, this and that.  Many reasons and excuses for not responding to the call to build God our Father’s Kingdom.

All it actually takes is a deep wanting desire to serve the Lord and our brethren. To recognize and see that there is much to be done for many are broken, thirsty and hungry for God.  They want to experience His love, to know His Word and way.  All it takes is for us to use the little gifts and talents that we have; knowing that our Lord and God will provide the rest.  He will even multiply what we have been given to build His and our share in the Kingdom.

Jesus lead me and I will follow. Amen

First reading
Nehemiah 2:1-8

In the month of Nisan, in the twentieth year of King Artaxerxes, the wine being my concern, I took up the wine and offered it to the king. Now I had never been downcast before. So the king said, ‘Why is your face so sad? You are not sick, surely? This must be a sadness of the heart.’ A great fear came over me and I said to the king, ‘May the king live for ever! How could my face be other than sad when the city where the tombs of my ancestors are lies in ruins, and its gates have been burnt down?’ ‘What’ the king asked ‘is your request?’ I called on the God of heaven and made this reply to the king, ‘If it pleases the king, and if you are satisfied with your servant, give me leave to go to Judah, to the city of my ancestors’ tombs, and rebuild it.’ The king, with the queen sitting there beside him, said, ‘How long will your journey take, and when will you return?’ So I named a date that seemed acceptable to the king and he gave me leave to go. I spoke to the king once more, ‘If it please the king, could letters be given me for the governors of Transeuphrates to allow me to pass through to Judah? And also a letter for Asaph, keeper of the king’s park, to supply me with timber for the gates of the citadel of the Temple, for the city walls and for the house I am to occupy?’ This the king granted me, for the kindly favour of my God was with me.

Gospel
Luke 9:57-62

As Jesus and his disciples travelled along they met a man on the road who said to him, ‘I will follow you wherever you go.’ Jesus answered, ‘Foxes have holes and the birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.’
  Another to whom he said, ‘Follow me’, replied, ‘Let me go and bury my father first.’ But he answered, ‘Leave the dead to bury their dead; your duty is to go and spread the news of the kingdom of God.’
  Another said, ‘I will follow you, sir, but first let me go and say goodbye to my people at home.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Once the hand is laid on the plough, no one who looks back is fit for the kingdom of God.’

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