“Your duty is to go and spread the news of the kingdom of God.”
There are so many demands that the urgent and the important are indistinguishable. To follow now, or get on board later, becomes a muddle. The characters in today’s Gospel had no objection to following Jesus; and we, would-be disciples, can identify with their, ‘Wait…just now!’ attitude.
Willingness alone does not qualify us. Someone said that true discipleship is about ‘intent and extent’ and therefore no matter how genuine the intention, its value is hinged on the extent of the commitment and the urgency attached to it.
True discipleship leaves no room for hemming and hawing, half measures, self-indulgence and pleasing others. It is about putting God first and prioritizing the building of His kingdom. This is a tall order for many of us when creature comfort, family connections and conforming to norms compete for precedence.
‘The road to hell is paved with good intentions,” Ma told us as often as she noticed the gap between our expressed desires and our actions.
When we put our hands to the plough, Lord, let us not turn back.