Today’s Thoughts: “No one sets a hand to the plow and looks to what was left behind is fit for the Kingdom of God.” (Luke 9:62) For me this closing verse of our Gospel today says it all. Looking back is not an option in our journey of faith. Yes, we can recall stories, experiences and moments of our past but we cannot be about our daily life always looking back.
Think of someone pushing a plow or driving a car or running a race or doing anything that asks for our attention to what is in front of us. If we turn to look back bad things can happen plowing the field, driving the car or running the race. In our Gospel today, Jesus asks us to live in the moment and yes sometimes living in the moment can be hard if not next to impossible. Yet living in the moment is what is going to make all the difference in our journey of faith.
I don’t know too many people who would not want to bury their mother or father or say good-bye to their family if they were leaving but I don’t think Jesus is saying that we cannot do these things. Remember Jesus’ word are often more for effect rather than hard and fast rules. If our family is valuable to us shouldn’t God be also?
Living in the past, focusing on the past does not allow us to move forward. It can often cause us to miss the presence of God when we most need it. If we are going to follow Jesus we need to focus on what is right in front of us not what is behind us.
Have a great Wednesday everyone!
Fr. Paul R. Fagan, C.P. "Preacher on the Run"
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