Gospel: Luke 9:51-62

A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Luke.

As the time approached when he was to be taken from this world, Jesus firmly resolved to proceed toward Jerusalem, and sent messengers on ahead.  These entered a Samaritan town to make preparations, but the Samaritans would not welcome Jesus because his destination was Jerusalem.  When the disciples James and John saw this, they said, “Would you not have us call down fire from heaven to destroy them?” Jesus turned toward them only to reprimand them.  Then they set off for another town.

As they were making their way along, someone said to Jesus, “I will be your follower wherever you go.”  Jesus replied.  “The foxes have lairs, the birds of the sky have nests, but the Chosen One has nowhere to rest.”  To another Jesus said, “Come after me.”  This one replied, ”Let me bury my father first.”  Jesus said in return, ”Let the dead bury their dead; come away and proclaim the reign of God.”  Yet another approached Jesus in this way, “I will be your follower, but first let me take leave of my people at home.”  Jesus answered, “Whoever puts a hand to the plow but keeps looking back is unfit for the reign of God.”

The Good News as spoken through Luke.

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