‘Follow me, follow me, leave your home and family.’
On Sunday, in the Gospel of Luke, we hear how Jesus continued his ministry, with more and more people showing that they recognised him as a special person and wanted to follow him.
In the reading, one man says he will follow Jesus, but first he wants to go and say goodbye to his friends and family. Jesus says there’s no time for that, and if he is serious about following him, the man must come straight away.
Jesus was trying to tell his followers that sometimes it would be difficult to spread his message of love.
What does this mean for us? We know that it is not always easy to follow Jesus. It can be hard to love others and to treat all people as we would ourselves wish to be treated.
But we are asked to follow Jesus no matter what…
We can help people who are hungry to get enough food, or those that are thirsty to get enough drink. We can help those who are homeless find somewhere safe to stay. We can share what we have and care for those who are sick, lonely or sad.
Lastly, but importantly, we can use prayer for help. It was wonderful to see a large number of children from Key Stage 2 sharing their personal intentions during our Rosary Club, which this week was led by Year 4 Guardian Angels.
Yesterday, Haylowe from Year 1, proudly gave me a lovely prayer that she had written at home:
Lord help me to be strong and helpful – kind and respectful – when I need you Lord help me to be thankful.
Prayers and blessings