Called To Follow Jesus

– 13th Week in Ordinary Time –

Another of his disciples said to him, “Lord, first let me go and bury my father.” But Jesus said to him, “Follow me, and let the dead bury their own dead.” [Matt 8:21-22]

This is one of those moments in the Gospels where Jesus comes across as quite harsh. After all, one of Jesus’ disciples is just trying to fulfil his sacred duty as a Jew to bury his family. Yet, Jesus isn’t saying this isn’t important. Rather, he is saying the pressing duty we have as his disciples to follow his call entirely eclipses any other duty.

This is still true today for us as his disciples. He is still calling us to follow him. He is still asking us to put him first. And when we lean into our call as disciples of Jesus, it doesn’t diminish our other duties but rather shapes and informs how we approach them. For example, when I lean into my call as a disciple of Jesus, my call as a mother deepens and is given new life. When I lean into my call as a disciple of Jesus, my duty as a leader takes on new meaning. As disciples of Jesus, we are called to be witnesses to the love of Jesus in and through our lives.  By placing the call to be his disciples at the centre, my duties, responsibilities and vocation become richer for it.

Jesus calls each of us to follow him, to make this the primary focus of our lives. How are you choosing to place God’s call at the centre of your life today?


By Teresa McGrath

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