Prayer of the Day
Feast of St. Cyril of Alexandria, Bishop & Doctor of the ChurchJune 27th, 2016
It is possible that this disciple was not asking permission to go to his father’s funeral, but rather to postpone following Jesus until his elderly father died. Perhaps, as somebody suggested, he was the firstborn son and wanted to be sure to claim his inheritance. Perhaps he didn’t want to face his father’s anger if he left the family business to follow Jesus, an itinerant preacher. Whether his concern was financial security, family approval or something else, he did not want to commit himself to Jesus just yet. Jesus, however, would not accept his excuse.
Jesus, may I follow you closely in order to discern your will for me. Amen