“Singlemindedness”

Lk 9:57-62

As Jesus and his disciples 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.”
Jesus answered him, “No one who sets a hand to the plow
and looks to what was left behind is fit for the Kingdom of God.”

In the last few years I have been told I am “singleminded” in my journey.  As I think about it I am and have become more so as I have journeyd through life. Jesus calls us to be singlemined in our loyalty to him. To follow him is a “way of life”, not a “job”.  For me my ministry is  a way of life, it is a vocation, not an avocation,  it is and has never been just a job to me. It is the way I live my life day in and day out.  It is like I ran into Joe on the street a while ago and he needed fifty cents for laundry. I gave it to him. Joe is not my “client”, he is a friend, a parishneer, somenone I journey with on life. He is not easy. He is 22, uses drugs, lives on the streets, but he is no different then “John” my friend who is 60 plus, another priest, who drives me up the wall with his neediness.  Jesus calls us to follow him twenty four hours a day, seven days a week, in a walk of love, and relationship, being aware of the needs of others.  He calls for our total commitment to him and his way of life which is to love God and to love our neighbor as ourselves. His is a call that encompasses all of life. I served the meal to some fifty people last night, ran out of food early. It was very touching. People were so thankful and grateful for the food, some had not  had any all day, some came to the exchange just to get food. They were grateful, and in their pain I believe they found some relief with their time spent eating and talking to me. It was truly the Eucharist being celebrated, the bread of life being given to them.  Deo Gratis! Thanks be to God!

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