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DG BookGospel: Matthew 8:18-22
When Jesus saw the crowd pressing around him, he gave orders to cross to the other
side of the lake. A teacher of the law approached him; and said, “Master, I will follow you
wherever you go.” Jesus said to him, “Foxes have holes and birds have nests, but the
Son of Man has no where tolay his head.”

Another disciple said to him “Lord, let me go and bury my father first.” But Jesus said to him, “Follow me,
and let the dead bury their dead.”


To leave the dead to bury the dead might look too cruel a demand; but when it comes to following the Lord,
it only signifies an immediate andabsolute commitment. That’show the first disciples followed him too: “immediately”;
“leaving the boat and their father behind” (cf. Mt. 4:22). One must burn the bridges to the past, be it good orbad;
Christ becomes the one and only focus there after. Jesus has further made it clear when he said, “No one who
puts a hand to the plough and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God” (Lk9:62). As David Lloyd Georgere marked,
“Don't be afraid totake a big step if one is indicated.You can't cross a chasm in two small jumps.” Following Christis
one full, long, hard leap – a leap of faith across the chasm of life. We must jump with all our heart, with all our soul,
with all our strength, and all our mind (cf. Lk 10:27) to land in his bosom where we can lay our head.

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