October 4, 2023
Saint Francis of Assisi
Luke 9: 57-62
As they were going along the road, someone said to Jesus, ‘I will follow you wherever you go.’ And Jesus said to him, ‘Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests; but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.’ To another he said, ‘Follow me.’ But he said, ‘Lord, first let me go and bury my father.’ But Jesus said to him, ‘Let the dead bury their own dead; but as for you, go and proclaim the kingdom of God.’ Another said, ‘I will follow you, Lord; but let me first say farewell to those at my home.’ Jesus said to him, ‘No one who puts a hand to the plough and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God.’
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Fully Embracing Jesus’s Call
“Follow me.” Today, we remember St. Francis of Assisi. As he and other saints demonstrated through their lives, it is not always easy to follow Jesus. It can be a struggle to spread the good news about the kingdom of God when we are in physical or emotional pain. It can be challenging to share the love of God with people who are filled with hate and anger. It is not easy to answer the call from Jesus, so we often set conditions and parameters as a follower. “I will follow you, Lord, but….”
Serving God and God’s people as Jesus did can be difficult, but, as St. Francis and other followers of Jesus discovered, this service is rewarding and joyful in countless ways.
What thoughts or fears or activities keep us from fully embracing the call from Jesus and the joy it offers?
Most High, Glorious God,
enlighten the darkness of our minds.
Give us a right faith, a firm hope, and a perfect charity,
so that we may always and in all things act according to Your Holy Will. Amen.
—St. Francis of Assisi
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