In today's Gospel reading (Luke 9:57-62), this "certain man" is different from me in exactly what way? In fact, I am representative of all of these who come to the Lord. We seek to "follow", but only when and where it is convenient for us.
Jesus is calling, "Follow Me." We have already "come and seen" - we know the bounties that He has and that He continues to bestow on us. But the world continues to hold rein on us. I've not failed because I go to bury my father in the flesh, but who is my father in the world? Is it my job? "Lord, let me finish my career before I commit to doing what You truly seek for me to do...." Is it my family? "Lord, let me get my children through college before....." I no less desire to "bury" a portion of that which holds me here than the man mentioned in today's Gospel. Remember - "He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me." (Mat 10:37)
The Lord's admonition, "Let the dead bury their own dead" at first sounds like nonsense. How can dead bodies bury those who are dying? But what Jesus is saying is that the things of the world are death. There is only one source of Life, and it is with the Word of God! Those things in the world, though they be breathing, are nonetheless dead if they are separated from the Kingdom of heaven, and from God.
"No man, having put his hand to the plow, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God." Once you've made the commitment to set out on the path, the act of "looking back" is longing for what was left behind. Can we not see the riches and the benefits of what lay ahead instead?
Jesus says, "The Son of Man has no place to lay His head." Our Master comes in poverty, at least as defined by the world. How do we expect to "follow Him" and have more? For "a disciple is not above his Teacher, nor a servant above his Master." (Mat 10:24)
We are all His servants. Let us seek to truly accept the mantle of being disciples, those who choose with their whole heart to follow - and not look back.
Welcome to Saint Herman's, Hudson, Ohio
This blog is a partial compilation of the messages, texts, readings, and prayers from our small community. We pray that it will be used by our own people, to their edification. And if you happen by and are inclined to read, give the glory to God!
The blog title, "Will He Find Faith on the Earth?" is from Luke 18:8, the "Parable of the Persistent Widow." It overlays the icon of the Last Judgment, an historical event detailed in Matthew Chapter 25, for which we wait as we pray in the Nicean Creed.
We serve the Holy Orthodox cycle of services in contemporary English. Under the omophorion of His Eminence Metropolitan Joseph of the Bulgarian Patriarchal Diocese of the USA, Canada and Australia, we worship at 5107 Darrow Road in Hudson, Ohio (44236). If you are in the area, please join us for worship!
Regular services include:
Sunday Divine Liturgy 10AM (Sept 1 - May 31)
930AM (June 1 - Aug 31)
Vespers each Saturday 6PM
We pray that you might join us for as many of these services as possible! We are open, and we welcome inside the Church all visitors. See our Parish web page: