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Wednesday 26th september mercredi 26e semaine

“Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of man has nowhere to lay his head.”
Tuesday 19 July 2016

Jb.9,1..16 Ps.87 Lk.9,57-62

Wednesday 26th week, even numbered year "AS they travelled along they met a man on the road who said to Jesus’ I will follow you wherever you go!’

Jesus replied ’Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests but the Son of man has nowhere to lay his head."

Jesus encourages those who wish to follow him, who wish to walk after him, be faithful to him.

He gives us answers that will make us reflect and have us become aware of what our choices will lead to in our lives.

First of all Jesus describes his own situation as a pilgrim. He and his disciples do not have a home, they are with whoever welcomes them for a time.The one who asks to follow him has to give up material security, their comfort, to always move ahead.

In today’s world we want to be assured and secure in everything, so far as we ourselves are concerned and also other people.

The all Powerful God is in our midst through and in Jesus as Someone who is ’in exile’.

He comes and touches our earth so as to lead it behind him with all he touches.

We are here in this delicate ’touch’ of God. This touch which can take hold of each one of us. This is the touch of the Infinite Love of God.

“Jesus aid to someone else :’Follow me’, and he replied ’Let me go and bury my father first.’ But Jesus answered ’ Let the dead bury the dead. Your duty is to go and spread the news of the Kingdom.”

The dead hear no longer the Word of God, the choice between death and life is for now. To get moving and announce the Kingdom of God means leaving behind oneself all the powers of death that are within us, so as to bank on life with confidence.

Our life does not stop, it doesn’t remain a prisoner of the past, but our life can open up once more as we follow Jesus and find meaning once more.

If we hear the call of Jesus and choose to follow Him, Jesus can give back to all people a reason to live.

Following Jesus means we overcome all our fears. One might not feel very secure in following him, for we move forward and don’t turn back.

Questioning ourselves as we follow Jesus, taking risks, going where we wish not to go, towards what makes us afraid!

When going through ordeals, we ask for the grace not to be agitated or revolted but to just want to accomplish God’s Will in all things.

And so we can move ahead with serenity in the midst of all events and harsh situations we are going through.

This word - which is really important for our lives - has us look at how we are really attentive at doing what God really desires.

"Another said : ’ I’ll follow you, Lord, but let me first of all go and say good-bye to my people at home.’

Jesus said to him ’Once the hand is laid on the plough, no one who looks back is fit for the kingdom of God."

Jesus wants us to look ahead, look at what we are doing in the task we do.

God allows himself to discover in his touch of love, in the light that enlightens us in the night of our faith.

We need to be attentive to all we have to live in order to discover the Hand of God.

To be situated in the Heart of God means to count on God above all else.

Jesus shows us the true face of God’s Love. He is full of love and of tenderness and doesn’t impose himself.

To follow Jesus means to leave behind us all our fears and all that prevents us from living. The powers of death that chain us up are already overcome by Jesus and in every circumstance we have the power to let life triumph.

To follow Jesus means to share in his promises, take a clear commitment and remain faithful to it.

Jesus never leaves us alone, he accompanies us day after day on the path we make with him.

May his Light accompany us on the paths of our lives.

We ask for the grace to be in God’s Infinite Love.

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