No Turning Back

Maria and I always laugh at how often she starts singing a song because something reminds her of a line or chorus.  It's one of those endearing little things that I love about her even though I give her a hard time about it.  Now she can give me a hard time because when I read this week's Gospel I starting singing a song from my favorite group.  Here is the Gospel:

When the days for Jesus' being taken up were fulfilled, he resolutely determined to journey to Jerusalem, and he sent messengers ahead of him.  On the way they entered a Samaritan village to prepare for his reception there, but they would not welcome him because the destination of his journey was Jerusalem. When the disciples James and John saw this they asked, "Lord, do you want us to call down fire from heaven to consume them?"  Jesus turned and rebuked them, and they journeyed to another village.  As they were proceeding on their journey someone said to him, "I will follow you wherever you go."  Jesus answered him, "Foxes have dens and birds of the sky have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to rest his head."  And to another he said, "Follow me."  But he replied, "Lord, let me go first and bury my father."  But he answered him, "Let the dead bury their dead.  But you, go and proclaim the kingdom of God."  And another said, "I will follow you, Lord, but first let me say farewell to my family at home."  To him Jesus said, "No one who sets a hand to the plow and looks to what was left behind is fit for the kingdom of God."  Luke 9:51-62

Jesus' words to those expressing their desire to follow Him might seem harsh.  Jesus provides a reality check so that His followers are aware of what a commitment to Him truly means.  

Now for the song I started to sing when I read this Gospel.  I encourage you to listen to it in its entirety.  It is only five minutes long and I am hoping it will encourage you as you seek to follow Jesus.