October 10, 2015
28th Sunday - B
The passage again begins with the context, “Jesus was setting on a journey.”
Jesus is on his way to Jerusalem. This gives concrete context to his invitation, “Follow me.”
The man who has “many possessions” could not follow Jesus. Apparently, he either has too much to lose or his many possessions hold him back. Ironically, he is not even observing the very first commandment. Nor does he live the Shema, which he, as a devout Jew, would say even twice everyday, “Hear, O Israel! The Lord our God is Lord alone!”
The disciples think they “have given up everything and followed” Jesus. They have begun. But if they truly follow Jesus, their journeys must continue all the way to the cross.
I wonder where I am on this journey.