4 October 2017 Wednesday Twenty Sixth Week Ordinary Time Year 1 Homily
Nehemiah goes to the KIng and is given permission to go to Judah.
Nehemiah wishes to restore the city since his ancestors are buried in the ruins of Jerusalem.
The King gives Nehemiah permission and he goes after the reconstruction project with great eagerness.
“The journey” in Luke’s Gospel is focused on Jerusalem. The city and Temple had been restored since the time of Nehemiah.
Going on the journey means following after Jesús.
One person ask Jesús if he can follow him.
Jesús is clear about the journey’s rigorous aspects.
“…the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.”
Jesús say “follow me” to one person and the person answers: “Let me go first and bury my father.” Jesús reiterates the primacy of the journey. The Kingdom cannot wait.
Another person wants to say farewell to the family at home. Jesus declares we cannot be looking back if we wish to do the work of the Kingdom.
Francis Rother and Francis of Assisi and Francis of Rome did and do not look back.
Their concerns were and are living and proclaiming the Kingdom.
Are we able to join them?